Friday, 25 January 2013 16:06

New Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on December 24, 2012 that an arrangement on trade in organic products was reached between Canada and Switzerland.

Canada has similar arrangements with the United States and European Union.
Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Recognition - Guidance Document for Canadian Importers and Exporters.

by Robert Arnason

Leaning across a book-signing table from David Suzuki, Sid Stevenson, a young farmer from Kenton, Man., listened carefully to Canada’s most famous environmentalist and his thoughts on modern agriculture.

by Brenda Frick

Guy McPherson of the University of Arizona says it well when he reminds us where our first allegiance should lie.

“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.”

McPherson is reminding us that we are part of the earth, not the other way around, and she is entitled to our respect.

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 18:55

LLP Consultations Report

On September 7, 2011, the Government of Canada distributed a consultation document among a broad range of interested stakeholders regarding policy approaches for managing the low-level presence of genetically modified crops imported into Canada.  The government was seeking stakeholders’ feedback on a suite of three proposed approaches for the managing LLP in imports. The consultation process ended on November 25, 2011. Redfern Research was contracted to assess the results and produce this report. 

This report provides a comprehensive and unbiased summary of the input provided by participants during the consultation process.  Its content should not be understood as reflecting the opinion of the Government of Canada.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 16:06

The Apple Tree Immunologist

Researcher                              Gordon BraunGordon Braun looks for substances that will induce the natural resistance of trees. Like human beings, plants have a natural re­sistance to disease. They become sick when disease-causing organisms are able to over­come that resistance. Braun, a researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), is working on boosting the resistance mechanisms of plants as a part of the Organic Science Cluster.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 18:03

The problem, my friend, is blowing in the wind

Source: Western Producer, by Brenda Frick

High winds in September damaged crops, bins and buildings. It also moved swaths, especially canola swaths. This is a problem to the people who count on the yield from those swaths, but it is also a problem for where those swaths and airborne seeds landed.

Organic standards strictly prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms in organic production. For organic farmers, that means canola can be a problem weed. Canola seeds in a crop sample can prevent an organic sale.

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