The Western Producer – July 19, 2012

According to the Report on Agriculture, released by Statistics Canada in May 2012, the number of certified organic operations has continued to grow across Canada. Organic farms numbered 3,713 in 2011, which was 1.8 percent of Canadian farm operations overall. This is up from 1.5 percent in 2006 and 0.9 percent in 2001.

Growth in organic operations has slowed, with an increase of four percent from 2006 to 2011. The increase in the previous five-year period was 67 percent. But even meagre growth in organic farm numbers is impressive when you consider the overall trend in agriculture.

Statistics Canada recorded a decline from 2006 to 2011 in total farm numbers that was consistent across all provinces, and a decline in every new census since 1941.

The Prairies are home to about 40 percent of the organic farmers in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, there were 1,015 organic operations in Saskatchewan in 2011, 169 in Manitoba, and 290 in Alberta.

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