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Stories about or from Canada: Canadian organic farming news

CBC News - September 3, 2014 Canadian organic farming news
Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides
Class action lawsuit seeks $400 million in damages
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Desmog Canada - September 2, 2014 Canadian organic farming news
Peace Valley Farmers, Ranchers Fight to Keep Land Above Water As Site C Dam Decision Looms
If built, the dam will flood 107 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries - impacting 13,000 hectares of agricultural land, including flooding 3,800 hectares of farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve, an area nearly twice the size of the city of Victoria.
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CBC News - August 13, 2014 Canadian organic farming news
Dalhousie gets $8M boost for organic farming research
Funding comes from the federal department's 'Growing Forward' program
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The Guardian "Poverty Matters" Blog - August 8, 2014
Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit
Evidence convinced judge of threat posed to honey production in Yucatán – but firm will almost certainly appeal against ruling
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Pesticide Action Network - August 7, 2014
Neonics in the water?!
Tom Philpott reports in Mother Jones: "At their peak, the neonic traces in Iowa streams reached levels well above those considered toxic for aquatic organisms."
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Thomas Rohner, TheTyee.ca - August 5, 2014 Canadian organic farming news
Robson Valley Residents Take on Absentee Farm Owners
During a series of talks held between April 26 and May 2, the farmers forged a unique partnership entailing the exchange of indigenous crop varieties and farming methods, which they hope will protect agricultural biodiversity in the face of climate change.
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Erin Sagen, YES! Magazine - August 4, 2014
Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change With Biodiversity
During a series of talks held between April 26 and May 2, the farmers forged a unique partnership entailing the exchange of indigenous crop varieties and farming methods, which they hope will protect agricultural biodiversity in the face of climate change.
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The Globe and Mail, July 23, 2014 Canadian organic farming news
More than half of Ontario honey bees did not survive the winter
A new report on the health of honey bees in Canada says 58 per cent of the colonies in Ontario did not survive the winter, a figure that exceeds the 15-per-cent mortality rate seen as acceptable.
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Washington State University, Science Daily, July 11, 2014
Nutritional, food safety benefits of organic farming documented by major study
Organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues, the largest study of its kind has found.
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Damian Carrington and George Arnett, The Guardian, Friday 11 July 2014
Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.
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Thomas Rohner, TheTyee.ca - 9 July 2014 Canadian organic farming news
Priced Out, Farmland Edition
As fertile land becomes juicy investment, multinational players sit on Robson Valley farms.
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Fresh Fruit Portal - July 3, 2014
U.S.-Korea organic certification deal comes into effect
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), which represents industry in the U.S. and Canada, welcomed the arrangement and said it would create jobs and opportunities for the American organic food and farming sector.
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J. D. Heyes, Naturalnews.com - July 2, 2014
Consumers Demand Non-GMO Soybean Oil, Cargill Responds
Agri-giant Cargill is responding to market pressure and will be introducing a soybean oil made from identity-preserved, conventionally-bred soybeans for customers who are considering shopping for products with a “non-GMO” sticker on their label.
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Science Daily - July 1, 2014.
Monsanto and Pioneer Continue to Pull-Out GM Crops from EU
US companies have just recently quietly withdrawn four EU applications for the cultivation of genetically engineered plants.
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Science Daily - June 26, 2014.
Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands
The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings.
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Damian Carrington, The Guardian, June 24, 2014.
Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists
Regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats, international team of scientists concludes
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CBAN - June 24, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
GM Food Safety Study Reignites Call to Overhaul Canada’s Regulations
"Many Canadians may be surprised to find out that Health Canada doesn’t require any long-term safety tests on GM foods and that this study is the first of its kind," said CBAN’s Lucy Sharratt.
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Science Daily - June 23, 2014.
Organic standards go global
According to experts, tremendous strides have been made in the development of organic trade agreements with other countries.
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American Society for Horticultural Science - June 23, 2014.
Nineteen tomato varieties evaluated under organic guidelines
The authors noted that, although the open-pollinated varieties may yield less than F1 hybrids, they remain popular with local and organic growers.
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Nathanael Johnson, Grist - June 20, 2014.
Bees and butterflies get a boost from the feds
Small farmers produce most of the world's food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world's farmland, a new report reveals.
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Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service - May 31, 2014.
Small Farmers' Loss of Land Increases World Hunger
Small farmers produce most of the world's food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world's farmland, a new report reveals.
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John P. Thomas, Health Impact News - May 22, 2014.
USDA Takes Over Organic Program Eroding Organic Standards to Benefit Big Food
If corporations continue to dominate the National Organic Standards Board and continue to control the staff of the National Organic Program, then we can expect to see greater weakening of organic standards.
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CBC Radio: As it Happens - April 22, 2014 .Canadian organic farming news
Setting seeds and farmers free: a group of scientists seeks to make crops open source
The B.C. Agriculture Council, which publicly endorsed the government’s overhaul of the ALR when it was announced last month, will instead meet with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick on Wednesday to try to convince him to delay and change the legislation
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Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun - April 22, 2014 .Canadian organic farming news
Farm group reverses support for ALR bill
The B.C. Agriculture Council, which publicly endorsed the government’s overhaul of the ALR when it was announced last month, will instead meet with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick on Wednesday to try to convince him to delay and change the legislation
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Rodale Institute - April 22, 2014 .
How Organic Farming Can Reverse Climate Change
Rodale Institute announced yesterday the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture.
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Tom Fletcher, BC Local News - April 21, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Farmers seek changes to ALC legislation
Newly appointed Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick is meeting with B.C. Agriculture Council representatives this week to discuss their growing concerns about a plan to set new rules for protected farmland in the B.C. Interior.
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Nathanael Johnson, Grist - April 19, 2014.
Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents
The license is pretty simple: It’s just a commitment to keep the seeds, and their derivatives, in the public domain.
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Paul Hanley, The Starphoenix - March 18, 2014.
Organic farming may be solution to world hunger
According to the final report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, there are strong environmental arguments in favour of agroecology, a type of organic production that reduces the use of external inputs and maximizes resource efficiency through intercropping, recycling organic residues and agroforestry.
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Brandon Keim, Wired - March 17, 2014.
Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It
After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.
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Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa - March 17, 2014.
Monsanto forced to withdraw unsubstantiated advertising claims on benefits of GM crops
The African Centre for Biosafety lodged a complaint to the ASA following an advertisement on Radio 702 by Monsanto wherein Monsanto claims that GM crops "enable us to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially."
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Sustainable Pulse - March 14, 2014.
Historic Court Ruling Stops Cultivation of Bayer’s GM Maize in Brazil
The decision is reported to have created new legal paradigm and may force Brazilian authorities to reconsider all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil.
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Sustainable Pulse - March 13, 2014.
Historic Court Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease
Following a ban on the cultivation of GM Maize in Mexico in 2013, the Campeche region of the country has now prohibited the growing of GM Soybeans following a two year court battle.
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Sasha Chavkin, The Center for Public Integrity - March 13, 2014.
Historic Court Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease
The move comes weeks after publication of a new study in Sri Lanka suggesting glyphosate as the leading culprit for the illness.
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Elizabeth May - Green Party, Press Release - March 4, 2014.
Greens are concerned about Bill C-18
By forcing a stricter regime of intellectual property into the growing process in the form of Plant Breeders’ Rights, this bill will restrict the ability of farmers to engage in the age-old practices of saving, storing, cleaning, and treating their own seed.
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Sustainable Pulse - February 26, 2014.
Roundup Weedkiller Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic
The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world’s most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.
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Rich Duprey, Motley Fool - February 24, 2014.
More Cracks Appear in GMO Wall
The invincibility of genetically modified crops may be starting to crumble under its own weight, with Syngenta being the latest biotech to stress-test their resilience.
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Roger Knox, Vernon Morning Star - February 23, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Council endorses farm housing
Spallumcheen council believes allowing a second permanent residence on farming property but away from viable farming land will benefit the province.
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Jennifer Taplin, Nova Scotian Herald - February 22, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Developing a taste for organic farms
Many young people with no family history or knowledge of farming are starting small-scale organic operations.
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Kathleen Rowley, Agriland - February 22, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Organic farming grows from strength to strength
In Canada, the data shows the value of the organic market has tripled since 2005, with the organic food market valued at US$3bn, representing annual growth of sales of nine to 10 per cent per annum.
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Monica Watrous, Food Business News - February 14, 2014.
Ben & Jerry’s to go G.M.O.-free this year
Ben & Jerry’s, a Unilever brand, is re-launching its full line of flavors without bioengineered ingredients this year.
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Shane Romig, The Wall Street Journal - February 11, 2014.
Argentina Stalls Monsanto Corn Project on Environmental Concerns - Update
Monsanto Co. hit another roadblock in its plans to build a 1.5 billion peso ($192 million) corn-seed production plant in Argentina's Cordoba province after local authorities rejected Monsanto's environmental-impact assessment.
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Hans Muilerman, The (EU) Parliament - February 10, 2014.
Food industry accused of 'massive infiltration' of EFSA pesticides panel
The conclusion therefore is that the current food standards for pesticides are unsafe because the toxic effects of one pesticide could add to toxic effects of other pesticides and other chemicals we are exposed to, regulators have severely underestimated the risks involved.
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Opinion: Sylvain Charlebois, The Western Producer - February 7, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
CFIA should release food test results
Basically, the CFIA was outright undermined by a study it actually conducted itself, which made the story quite surreal. The way that these findings were made public should be a cause for concern for organic farmers in Canada.
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Sustainable Pulse - February 5, 2014.
France Launches Law to Ban Cultivation of All GM Maize
France has launched a move to restore a ban on genetically modified (GMO) maize annulled by its top court to prevent sowings this spring that could raise public outcry in a country strongly opposed to GMO crops.
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University of Oxford - February 4, 2014.
Organic farms support more species
On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists.
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GMOSeralini - February 1, 2014.
Pesticide evaluations dishonest and misleading, new study shows
Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini, who led the study, said, “The real toxicity of pesticides used in intensive agriculture has been hidden from farmers, policy-makers and citizens.
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Associated Press, Seattle Post Intelligencer - January 31, 2014.
GMO crops battle pits sugar beet industry against small organic farmers in Southern Oregon
The organic farmers are afraid that growing sugar beet seed genetically engineered to withstand weed killer will taint their crops through cross-pollination.
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Henry Rowlands, Director of Sustainable Pulse and GMO Evidence - January 30, 2014.
Glyphosate persistence in seawater
"Here we quantify the biodegradation of glyphosate using standard “simulation” flask tests with native bacterial populations and coastal seawater from the Great Barrier Reef."
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Kristina Chew, Care2.com - January 29, 2014.
Organic Farmer Going to Court Against Monsanto’s GM Crops
Farmers are responsible for stock or other animals causing damage to a neighbor’s property but in the case of genetic contamination, the non-GM farmer ends up being liable for the loss and damages.
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Amy B Dean, Truthout | Interview - January 26, 2014.
Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced: Michael Pollan
Industry plays up the image of the food snob to keep us divided, but the stereotype hides a much more diverse and savvy movement, says best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan.
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Opinion: Sylvain Charlebois, TheRecord.com - January 23, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Media shouldn’t be food safety scaremongers
Organic products generally have fewer pesticides on them, full stop; therefore, the premium we pay is justified but the food inspection agency should stop allowing the media to be the food safety boogeyman and make their studies readily available to the public.
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Science Daily - Source: Expertsvar - January 21, 2014.
New discoveries show biological formation of oxygen in soils
New research results show that down in the dark depths of the soil, a previously unknown biochemical process is under way, in which oxygen is formed and carbon dioxide is reduced to organic material.
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Ben Paynter, Wired - January 21, 2014.
Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie
Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same technology that farmers have been using to optimize crops for millennia.
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Science Daily - Source: Georgia Institute of Technology - January 16, 2014.
Soil microbes alter DNA in response to warming
Scientists studying grasslands in Oklahoma have discovered that an increase of 2 degrees Celsius in the air temperature above the soil creates significant changes to the microbial ecosystem underground.
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Paul Hanley, The Starphoenix (Saskatoon) - January 14, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
Pesticide residue 'news' strengthens case for organic farming
The only way to have pesticide-free food and protect biodiversity is to make organic farming the norm, rather than a niche market.
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Sustainable Pulse - January 9, 2014.
Tasmania Extends Ban on GM Crops Indefinitely
Tasmania, the only state in Australia that has a blanket ban on GM crops, has been GMO free since 2001, however the moratorium was set to end in November 2014.
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Off The Grid News, Daniel Jennings - January 6, 2014.
Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds
Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics.
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Food Navigator, Hank Schultz - January 6, 2014.
GMO labeling push will propel organic market, Organic Monitor says
The struggle over GMO labeling will push the growth of certified organic products in the US in 2014, according to market research firm Organic Monitor.
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Opinion: Matt Gehl, Western Producer - January 3, 2014. Canadian organic farming news
UPOV 91 deal dilutes farmers’ rights
In contrast to the practice of thousands of years of open source plant breeding, which incidentally has given us our present bountiful harvests, farmers will not be allowed to save the seed they have grown to plant again the following spring if plant breeders’ rights are attached to it.
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One of the world’s foremost authorities on restoration agriculture, Mark Shepard is happy that its popularity is growing but worries that its systemic nature is being misunderstood or "much degraded".

Tim A. Wise: Family farmers caught in the middle between corporate monopolies


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FOOD, INC. In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli - the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser(Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising - and often shocking - truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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New Film Takes on Organic Food Critics and Kicks Ass
Starr Vartan, Huffington Post

Surely you've heard the arguments: "organic isn't any healthier," "organic food is too expensive," "organic doesn't mean anything," or maybe you've seen Penn and Teller's take-down of the "Organic tastes better argument." During the last 12 months, a slew of anti-organic messages have been promulgated in the media. Good thing filmmaker Shelley Rogers has spent the past five years of her life putting together a movie that not only refutes most of these bogus talking points, but gives us an up-close look at what organic agriculture really is (as well as addressing some of the criticisms brought against it). Rogers' conclusion, after years of work and research, is that organic isn't just a question of personal health, and that standards really do make a difference. But rather than telling us this, she lets the experts - farmers, scientists, activists, doctors, and ecopreneurs - explain from their knowledgeable and frontline perspectives.

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How a group of First Nations People in Saskatchewan Canada are reclaiming their indigenous agricultural heritage, reconnecting with Nature, learning and observing her natural laws, and getting back on the road to self-reliance.


Organic Agriculture and Climate Change Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: Dr. Adrian Mueller, a senior researcher at both the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Frick, Switzerland and at the Chair for Environmental Policy and Economics PEPE at ETH Zurich, discusses the opportunities and challenges of organic agriculture. He examines the contributions of both modern and organic farming techniques to climate change on a global scale, as well as the impact of organic farming on the small farmers and regional communities. - AUDIO
rooftop garden Solutions for Urban Living #2: Turn warehouse roofs into city farms and grow local, sustainably produced food. Annie Novak and Ben Flanner have been farming the rooftop of a Brooklyn warehouse since May 2009 and the 6,000 square-foot farm has over 30 different varieties of vegetables. Nearby restaurants have caught on to the idea and the urban farmers have been making deliveries on their bikes - now that's local. - VIDEO
World's first global seed bank, in Svalbard, Norway What You Sow. New Yorker, Interview with John Seabrook about the world's first global seed bank, in Svalbard, Norway. Seabrook talked with Blake Eskin about the history of seed saving and the importance of biological diversity.
The Meatrix II: Revolting The Meatrix II: Revolting. A follow-up to the original animated expose of factory-farming. - VIDEO
Farming Today Farming Today This Week Magazine from the BBC - AUDIO
Rural News Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rural News Australian Broadcasting Corporation - AUDIO
 Grocery Store Wars Grocery Store Wars U.S Organic Trade Association Flash movie adapts Star Wars characters and plot to promote the organic cause. - VIDEO
Family farms What's Happening to the Family Farm? Canadian Canadians who run our family farms have sometimes struggled to keep pace with the demand for cheap, abundant food. Threats to the family farm have ranged from the high cost of land and crippling interest rates to corporate competition and encroaching cities. CBC Archives looks at the evolving family farm. - AUDIO
The Legend of Permaculture - Bill Mollison Bill Mollison, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Bill Mollison has been called the genius of permaculture, a guru, a living legend, a crank, and even a bombastic old bastard. But whatever you think of him, you'd have to be impressed that Bill's ideas have influenced the lives of millions of people all over the world. - AUDIO


PERSPECTIVE: BACKGROUND ARTICLES RELATED TO ORGANIC FARMING
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Rabble.ca How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada's agriculture
Agriculture in Canada is heading down a dangerous path, promoted by Health Canada's willingness to continue to approve the use of neonicotinoids despite the harm done by these chemicals.
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Globe and Mail
How this organic dairy producer milks small stores for big growth Canadian
While Andres isn’t drawn to growth and does little advertising, there’s plenty of room to expand production. Canadian organic sales have tripled over the past six years, to about $3 billion annually, according to the Canada Organic Trade Association.
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What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms Young farmers see opportunities growing non-GMO
The growing demand for non-GMO corn and soybeans is creating opportunities for farmers to profit, and some young farmers aim to capitalize on those opportunities.
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What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms Canadian
William Davis, a preventive cardiologist who practises in Milwaukee, Wis., argues in his new book Wheat Belly that wheat is bad for your health - so bad that it should carry a surgeon general’s warning.
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Achieving a Sustainable Food System with Organic Farming

Achieving a Sustainable Food System with Organic Farming
Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service.
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Growing Crops With No Water, The Old-Fashioned Way Growing Crops With No Water, The Old-Fashioned Way
Before we thought the water supply would last forever (or at least several political cycles), we had dry farming. As the worst drought in decades grips the U.S., dry farming is getting a second look.
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Diary of an Organic Strawberry Diary of an Organic Strawberry
Largely missing from that debate are the voices of the farm workers who spend their days harvesting these crops. For Jesús E. Valenzuela Félix, there's no one better to tell that story than... an organic strawberry.
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A conversation with environmental campaigner Wendell Berry A conversation with environmental campaigner Wendell Berry
Berry is still a committed activist, arguing these days for a 50-Year Farm Bill to address such deeply unfashionable issues as soil degradation and sustainable agriculture.
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Celebrate the Farmer! Celebrate the Farmer!
We need real farmers who grow real food, and the will to reform a broken food system. And for that, we need not only to celebrate farmers, but also to advocate for them.
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Where have Canada’s young farmers gone? Where have Canada’s young farmers gone?
Let’s be clear that we’re not only talking about fewer farmers as farms increase in size. The point to emphasize is that as the overall population of farmers declines, young farmers are disappearing even faster.
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Cornucopia Institute: Organic Watergate White Paper The Organic Watergate White Paper
For a comprehensive look at the organic sausage making in Washington, The Cornucopia Institute has lifted the veil on how the USDA has implemented the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the law passed by Congress to protect the integrity of organic food and farming.
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The birds and the weeds: A farm conservation love story A technological leap forward to old-time farming
A team of four scientists in the United Kingdom spent a year collecting dirt from all over an organic farm near Bristol, which grew mostly clover, oats, wheat, and barley. Their goal? To determine just how much food a farm that grows crops to feed humans also provides for wildlife.
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The Storm Surge of Decentralization The Storm Surge of Decentralization
Local organic food initiatives are often more contentious. Industrial agriculture and food processing corporations are very powerful, to the point of having subverted regulatory mechanisms ostensibly geared towards the public good, but which now serve to safeguard corporate profits and market share.
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The great milk robbery: How corporations are stealing livelihoods and a vital source of nutrition from the poor The great milk robbery: How corporations are stealing livelihoods and a vital source of nutrition from the poor
Milk is taking on ever-greater importance in the livelihoods and health of the world's poor. Most of the dairy markets that serve the poor are supplied by small-scale vendors who collect milk from farmers who own just a few dairy animals. But such systems of "people's milk" are in direct competition with the ambitions of big dairy companies, such as Nestlé, and a growing number of other wealthy players that want to take over the entire dairy chain in the South, from the farms to the markets.
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SOrganic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers Organic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers
The farmers in these villages shunned the High Yielding Varieties and the 'progressive', high-input, fertilizer-pesticide dominated farming practices often advocated by the government and took to completely traditional methods along with a set of cultivation practices collectively called System of Rice Intensification (SRI), initially developed in the early 1980s by a French priest in Madagascar.
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Frances Moore Lappe’s Grand Vision: Treat Markets as Ecosystems Frances Moore Lappe’s Grand Vision: Treat Markets as Ecosystems
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Vegetable It Takes a Village to Raise a Vegetable
Tainting of organic crops cannot be undone and at the risk of ending up like we did with corn where you can rarely find purely organic corn in the U.S. because of GMOs, it's a slippery and scary slope to start down.
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Pasture-raised or organic: Why we can’t do both Pasture-raised or organic: Why we can’t do both
Although it's far from the current reality, one of the most transformative innovations - and I believe the most ideal method for grain acquisition - would be an independent system owned and controlled by local farmers.
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Organic Growers Focus On Planning Organic Growers Focus On Planning Canadian
Today they have one of B.C.’s model agriculture operations: Klipper’s Organic Acres based at Cawston, B.C. in the ag-rich Okanagan-Similkameen region, south of Penticton. They’d made a local name for their 40-acre market garden and orchard operation for the past 10 years, expanding from five acres in 2001 when the farm was launched. But this year their reputation erupted when they won the B.C. & Yukon Outstanding Young Farmers of 2011 title, an award they were finalists for in 2005, ’06 an ’07.
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30 Years of the Farming Systems Trial | Rodale Institute 30 Years of the Farming Systems Trial | Rodale Institute
Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.
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Tweeting farmers bridge gap between farm, table Tweeting farmers bridge gap between farm, table
Like more and more farmers across Canada, Black has found that Twitter has become, among other things, a way to bridge the gap between farm and table, and connect Canadians wanting to know more about where their food comes from with the people who make their living producing it.
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Pesticides are good for you Pesticides are good for you
The lowest point in the session came when Carl Winter launched into a lengthy attack on the Environmental Working group's Dirty Dozen, an annual list of the 12 fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides.
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Heritage livestock: Milk ‘em for all they’re worth Heritage livestock: Milk ‘em for all they’re worth
As heirloom produce gains a growing cult following among eaters, the more under-the-radar interest in heritage livestock breeds may see a resurgence, too.
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U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat
U.S. farm policy grew out of the economic hardships suffered by Midwestern farmers in the 1930s due to unpredictable swings in agricultural markets and the desire to protect the national food supply. Many critics feel the policy is no longer relevant and should be redesigned to promote healthful eating.
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Without GMO labels, we all eat in the dark Kickstarting on-demand heirloom produce
This two-pronged project will include both an open-access photo bank of heirloom produce, dubbed Food Foto Bank, and Pollin8r, an inventive new web-based project building on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, that promises to connect heirloom-produce loving eaters to farmers willing to grow heritage produce - all with just the click of a mouse.
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