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.
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada - by Nicole Boudreau, Organic Federation of Canada
In the organic world, CVB does not mean Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nor does OPR stand for Official Poker Rankings. The organic sector has its own acronyms to denote tools, institutions or references that characterize and regulate its activities.
The first organic reference tool is the standard: the Canadian Organic Production Systems standards (COS), that include Organic Production Systems – General Principles and Management Standards – and Permitted Substances Lists. The term “organic” farming is derived from the conception of "the farm as an organism," to describe the holistic, ecologically-balanced approach to farming.
A ruling last week by the European Court of Justice states that honey produced though cross-pollination with a genetically modified (GM) crop must be authorized as a GM product before being sold. The ruling means that the European Union (EU) will have to ban imported honey containing traces of pollen from GM crops that have not been approved for entry. Honey exports from the United States, Canada, Argentina or Brazil, countries with no regulations on the subject, will now be virtually impossible.
Just because the crop is in the bin doesn’t mean producers should be dropping their vigilance. Those words of advice from Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, who says that’s only half the job. The other half of the job is to ensure safe storage so that crop can be sold and marketed. And as Brook explains, safe storage is a combination of both the temperature of the grain and its moisture level.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of method of production claims that explain how meat, poultry and fish products were raised, such as "natural, "grain-fed" or "raised without the use or antibiotics or hormones."
The Guidelines on Natural, Naturally Raised, Feed, Antibiotic and Hormone Claims are intended to provide industry and consumers with clarity and consistency around the use of claims on product labels and in advertising that explain how livestock, poultry and fish are raised.