Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is a national membership-based education and networking charitable organization representing farmers, gardeners and consumers in all provinces whose aim is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic food systems.
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Reuters - by Carey Gillum
Questions about the safety of a popular herbicide made by Monsanto Co have resurfaced in a warning from a U.S. scientist that claims top-selling Roundup may contribute to plant disease and health problems for farm animals.
The Globe and Mail - by Jessica Leeder, Global Food Reporter
Home-grown food companies with a green mandate, a strong brand and a proven business model will have the opportunity to tap into an innovative new investment fund this fall.
Investeco Capital Corp., a Toronto-based private equity group that bills itself as Canada’s first environmental investment company, is launching a $40-million fund dedicated to growing small and medium-sized food companies that meet its tough criteria, including at least $2-million in annual revenue.
by Lynn Moore, Postmedia News
Not so long ago, Canada's organic products sector was fertile ground for freewheeling opportunists, if not outright fraudsters.
While some farmers stuck to organic protocols and other industry players followed voluntary standards or certification programs, the overall situation was so iffy that key trading partners didn't want to do business with Canada.
The European Union in particular was wary of entering into equivalency arrangements with Canada that would allow this country's organic producers full access to EU markets, said Stephanie Wells, senior regulatory affairs adviser for the Canada Organic Trade Association.
Organic agricultural land and farms as well as the global market continued to grow during 2009 as documented in the 2011 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture".
Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well? The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of low returns than conventional corn and soybean production, even when organic prime premiums were cut by half.