By Ron Friesen
Farm Credit Canada Express
 
Canada could soon experience an organic commodity shortage because of a sudden drop in the number of certified growers, industry officials warn.

Domestic supplies of organic grain and other commodities could start tightening up as early as this summer because many growers have left the industry during the last three years, says Matthew Holmes, Canada Organic Trade Association executive director.
A lot will depend on the weather, he says.
“If we have a bad growing year, for example, supply could be very strained in Canada.”
Holmes told a recent provincial organic marketing workshop in Winnipeg that the number of certified organic producers in Canada fell by 4.5 per cent between 2009 and 2010.

Meanwhile, the demand for organic commodities is increasing. Holmes says organic sales in Canada grew from $2 billion in 2008 to $2.6 billion in 2010.
That means there will be a lot of opportunity for organic farmers in the near future, says Holmes.
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