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BC Organic Conference 2020 Recap

“This is the moment for food in British Columbia.” BC’s Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, opened the 2020 BC Organic Conference with a message of hope. In front of a very large crowd of organic growers, producers, and supporters, she spoke of the convergence of the increased demand for local food, a growing interest in… Keep Reading

A New Conservation Model for Pollinators from Southern Alberta

S.K. Basu Pollinators have an important ecological role in securing the stability of all natural ecosystems, through ensuring cross pollination and reproduction across a wide diversity of higher plants. This unique pollinator-plant relationship is a key aspect of maintaining the dynamics of both our ecology as well as our economy. From an ecological perspective, pollination… Keep Reading

Why Nature’s Path Embraces Real Organic & Regenerative Organic

Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path Founder, and Dag Falck, Nature’s Path Organic Programs Manager Pioneer organic farmers were the visionaries of their age. Like many other inspired thinkers born before their time, they viewed the ordinary in extraordinary new ways, working quietly and diligently towards an alternate approach, often years or even decades before the general population… Keep Reading

Footnotes from the Field: Improving Poultry Rations

Improving Poultry Rations to Accommodate Natural Behaviours & Strengthen Supply Chains Marjorie Harris COR Section 6.4: Livestock feed 6.4.3 – Specific livestock rations shall take the following into account: j) poultry and pigs shall be given vegetable matter other than grain; k) poultry shall be fed daily… Why did the chicken cross the road? To… Keep Reading

Biodynamic Farm Story: Unfinished Conversations

Anna Helmer At the recent COABC conference I enjoyed an unfinished conversation with a peerless organic industry leader about how certain words traditionally associated with our alternative/organic farming movement are being co-opted by mainstream agriculture. Case in point: General Mills using the word “regenerative” to describe some decidedly non-organic, chemically supported farming practices. Some consumers… Keep Reading

Why Your Food Choices Matter

CBAN’s New Public Education Tool to Support the Organic Solution Lucy Sharratt The gravity and gathering speed of the global climate and biodiversity crises threaten to paralyze many people who want to make meaningful change but don’t know where to start. Thankfully, organic farmers are already implementing concrete solutions that everyone can support. In the… Keep Reading

Organic Stories: West Enderby Farm

From Carrots to COR Darcy Smith Carrots: “hard to grow, but easy to sell,” says Paddy Doherty, who farms at West Enderby Farm with his partner Elaine Spearling. When late November rolls around and most vegetable farmers are finally kicking up their feet for a few moments of rest, Paddy and Elaine’s farm is still… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Organic Agriculture 3.0

History of the Debate About the Future of Agriculture Thorsten Arnold This article was first published by the Organic Council of Ontario on January 18, 2019, and is reprinted here with gratitude. The organic farm and food industry is facing major challenges. IFOAM, the international federation of organic agriculture movements, is spearheading a debate on… Keep Reading

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