Published: Advancing Eco Agriculture, June 25, 2013
On June 20, organic farming advocate Philippe van den Bossche comments on the rapid growth of the organic farming industry, reaching $63 billion globally.
According to an article on Sustainable Business, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) reported that organic food is now a $63 billion […]
By: Julianna van Adrichem Published: Organic Council of Ontario, July 18, 2013
Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food from July 9, 2013, “the Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, […]
Published: July 25, 2013. Ottawa
Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. Today, they launched an application under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, the first ever request relating to the issue of GM crops.
“The federal […]
Published: JIC News, July 18, 2013
Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature’s ‘The ISME Journal’ reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa.
“Changing the crop species massively […]
By: Lilian Schaer Published: Guelph Mercury, August 31, 2011
Lavender, hazelnuts and sweet potatoes are not crops we commonly associate with this province.
Yet they’re starting to emerge in Ontario’s south coast area, the fertile sand plains in Norfolk, Brant, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties where tobacco used to reign supreme.
As the decline of the […]
By: Mark Wales Published: Blackburn News, July 8, 2013
Ontario loses approximately 100 acres of farmland every day, and our best, most productive soils are going the fastest. That’s why the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) recently signed a letter of support for Ontario Farmland Trust’s (OFT) new strategic plan and Farmland Forever fundraising […]
By: Ken Roseboro Published: Natural Vitality Living, July 2, 2013
The “conversion” of former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas to GMO promoter has garnered huge media attention, but Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a former genetic engineer who speaks out against the risks of genetically engineered foods, has far more credibility—and a far more important story to tell […]
By: Al Dam and Kathleen Taylor Published: ON Organic, July 2013
The summer of 2013 has many farmers noticing increased insect pest issues in their area. On occasion, these insects issues have caused increased tension among neighbours (high fly populations), and increased disease challenges (high darkling beetle populations). Some are suggesting that the weather […]
July 18, 2013 Food Secure Canada Press Release Halifax, Nova Scotia – As Canadians from coast to coast are feasting on the summer harvest of fresh local produce, many are unaware of an impending crisis facing Canadian agriculture: The average age of Canadian farmers is 54 and while many young people are choosing […]
By: Sarah Elton Published: The Globe and Mail, July 9, 2013
On Kim Delaney’s seed farm in Palmerston, Ont., the peppers, the tomatoes and the more than 100 varieties of vegetables she grows have had to cope with a lot of rain this season. That means at the end of the summer, the finest specimens […]