Tom Philpott - Grist
Organic agriculture is a fine luxury for the rich, but it could never feed the world as global population moves to 9 billion.
That's what a lot of powerful people -- including the editors of The Economist -- insist. But the truth could well be the opposite: It might be chemical-intensive agriculture that's the frivolous luxury, and organic that offers us the right technologies in a resource-constrained, ever-warmer near future.
The Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice have filed another lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) arguing that the agency’s January 27 decision to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa was unlawful.
ORGANIC FARMERS AND SEED SELLERS SUE MONSANTO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM PATENTS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEED:
Preemptive Action Seeks Ruling That Would Prohibit Monsanto From Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Contaminated By Roundup Ready Seed
In December 2006, the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) was launched to build a shared understanding of its competitive position, create consensus on how to improve it, and put plans into action. Its members represent a wide cross section of the Canadian organic sector including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and exporters.
Find out more about the OVCRT by going to their website.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reminding the organic sector that the Organic Products Regulations Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy will expire on June 30, 2011. The policy will be replaced with the standard CFIA compliance and enforcement activities including:
-detailing non-compliant products and or removing them from store shelves
-correcting non-compliant labeling
-returning non-compliant imported products back to the country of origin
Make sure that your packaging and labels are ready! Click here to read the CFIA press release.