Saturday, 23 February 2013 17:38

Association works to dispel organic myths

by Jim Offner

In 2012, the Organic Trade Association embarked on a campaign to destroy six myths associated with organics.

Among the perceived misperceptions:

Saturday, 23 February 2013 17:26

Save the Date: Organic Week 2013!

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National co-founders of Organic Week, Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) are already planning ahead for a better than ever Organic Week in Canada for 2013. Save the dates September 21st-28th and stay tuned to Organic Alberta for a range of food and farming events in our province!

By Tanya Brouwers

The ancient practice of meat preservation has culminated in the convenient, plastic-wrapped deli meat we see today in the supermarket. Once a time-honoured tradition of ensuring the butchered pig lasted through lean times, the process of preservation has evolved into an industry surrounded by controversy, especially as it pertains to the addition of nitrates and nitrites.

Saturday, 23 February 2013 17:01

Dow delays Enlist corn release amid protests

By: Carey Gillam

Canada approved company's new GM corn, soybeans in October

A controversial new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials.

Saturday, 23 February 2013 16:58

New Triffid-free flaxes in pipeline for 2014

By: Leeann Minogue

Industry gears up to "flush the system once and for all"

Shane Stokke, a director on the board of the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, is very optimistic about the future of flax. Speaking to farmers here at Flax Day 2013, the Watrous, Sask. grower put it this way: "Flax is the highest net profit crop that I can grow."

Saturday, 23 February 2013 16:52

Keen on quinoa? Growers wanted

by Shannon Vanraes
Once a largely obscure Andean seed, quinoa has made in-roads into Canadian pantries, but is having difficulty taking root on Canadian farms.

“Right now we don’t really turn down any interested growers, the challenge is still getting enough interested growers,” said Michael Dutcheshen, general manager of Saskatoon-based Northern Quinoa Corporation, a processor and distributer of organic and non-organic quinoa.

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