Background: CBC continues its coverage on organic issues, largely stemming from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducting chemical residue tests on produce in the Canadian marketplace. The tests detected pesticide residues on 50% of organic produce, which made headlines about ten days ago.
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The Review of the COS is underway, and it is exhaustive: all sections of the organic standards have to be revised. The review exercise will take 2 years, and the objective is to publish the fully revised standard in 2015.
After holding their first meeting to address issues already listed on the permanent work list, the members of the Technical Committee and the Conveners of the Working groups, who are responsible for the review of the standard, are ready to hear the sector’s concerns about the Canadian standard.
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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Trade and Economic Report 2013 recommends that farming throughout the world should shift from monoculture cropping towards biodiversity in crop plantings, reduced used of synthetic fertilizers, more support for small-scale farmers and more locally focused food production and consumption.
A research article published this week in PLOS-ONE shows that organic milk has a healthier nutritional profile than conventional milk. In the study, a research team led by Charles Benbrook of Washington State University examined 220 organic and 164 conventional milk samples from dairies around the United States over an 18-month period.