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Here at Organic Alberta we’ve been working hard on getting you the information on organics you’re looking for. We will be sharing the facts and clearing up misconceptions about organic food in Alberta.
New information, articles, and videos are being developed to address misconceptions and educate you on everything organic. In fact, we will be releasing a new and informative article and video every month, so stay tuned!
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Let’s Talk About Soil Nitrogen
If you ask local farmers, they will tell you it takes a lot more than that to keep field crops healthy. Water and sunlight are important, but plants also need a lot of essential nutrients,17 to be exact. There are a few macronutrients plants need in abundance, but none are more important than nitrogen. Let’s dive into the science behind nitrogen.
Controlling Weeds and Pests
Organic farming relies on natural practices like promoting biodiversity and using natural nutrition sources. It probably isn’t surprising that the Canadian organic standards prohibit the use of seeds that have been genetically modified in labs for crop farming. This presents organic farmers with unique challenges.
What Makes a Seed Organic?
All seeds have to follow specific rules. According to the Canadian Seed Institute, “Before Canadian seed can be sold or planted, it goes through a number of important steps. Many of these steps are specified in regulations, policies, and guidelines…”
On April 1st, 2019, if your food says it is organic, IT IS! Government legislation passed under the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act states that anyone who uses the term “organic” must be certified in accordance with the federally regulated Canadian Organic Standards. How does this affect you?
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