New organic snack guilt-free

By Robin Booker OrganicBiz staff The peas had cooled down enough from the baking process the previous day and were now being packaged by University of Saskatchewan Food Centre by staff. They wear hairnets and white coats with red collars that allow access to the facility’s organic areas. Allen Zak, chief executive officer of Zak […]

Certified organic seed supply limited

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic farmers in Western Canada are turning to conventional seed as eager selling and limited production means few certified organic supplies are available for the growing season ahead, say industry specialists from across the Prairies. “Peas and lentils are getting nearly impossible to find in organic,” said Laura Telford, organic […]

New-crop organic premiums vary by crop

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Offshore competition is putting pressure on organic wheat prices, but premiums remain high for new-crop flax, oats and mustard, according to analysts and traders. Meanwhile, strong prices for conventional pulses may discourage growers from making the extra effort to produce organically. As new crop prices emerge, buyers are aggressively seeking […]