Organic food company buys farmland in northeastern Sask.

The founder of Nature’s Path Foods Inc. has bought a block of land in east-central Saskatchewan it plans to dedicate to organic farming. Arran Stephens, who also owns Legend Organic Farm, bought about 5,000 acres in the Duck Mountain area last summer; 3,429 acres are cultivated and 1,536 acres are bush and wetlands set aside […] Read more

Fake organic imports not seen as major problem in Canada

Bogus organic food could be entering the United States because of poor oversight, and the same may be happening in Canada. In a report released in September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that authorities at American ports are failing to detect organic food imports that aren’t actually organic. (PDF format) The report focused on […] Read more

USDA questions organic food import scrutiny

Organic food imported into America may not be organic because the system for monitoring imports is deficient, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a report released Sept. 18, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found major flaws with the existing system. (PDF format) OIG representatives visited seven U.S. ports and determined that the […] Read more

Organic company gives Sask. elevators new life

An American company that buys organic and non-genetically modified crops has bought two small elevators in Saskatchewan. Pipeline Foods LLC, which identifies itself as a supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GM and organic food and feed, said it is buying elevators in Wapella and Gull Lake. Wapella, a 3,500 tonne facility, and Gull […] Read more

Organic grocer adopts aggressive pricing strategy

Amazon officially took over Whole Foods Market Monday and the company immediately followed through on its promise to lower prices. Bloomberg reported that a Whole Foods store in New York City slashed prices, marking down organic rotisserie chicken from $13.99 to $9.99 each and organic fuji apples went from $3.49 per lb. to $1.99 per […] Read more

Organic claims have loopholes in some provinces

Almost all organic food in Alberta is legitimately organic, but there’s a chance that’s not the case for organic produce, meat or grain sold by farmers directly to consumers. The Alberta government has no legislation requiring organic foods to be certified if it is produced and sold within the province. Therefore, it’s possible for a […] Read more

Non-certified organic sales allowed in some provinces

In its first state of the industry report, Canada’s Organic Trade Association has said that organic regulations across the country are inconsistent and a number of provinces “do not have any regulation at all.” What that means is that locally produced organic food in certain provinces can be promoted and sold locally as “organic,” even […] Read more

Organic crops poised to take off, says official

Strong demand from American food manufacturers is fuelling the switch from conventional to organic production

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has released statistics for 2015 and while there was no growth in organic acres that year there will be in the future, says the association. The 1,342 primary producers in the prairie region seeded 1.41 million acres in 2015, which is about the same amount as the previous year. In […] Read more

Growers tap thirst for local, organic

MATTITUCK, N.Y. — Certified organic hops growers on Long Island have found their niche within a niche in microbreweries and the demand for locally made products. Marcos Ribeiro and Pat Libutti of Craft Master Hops grew 12 acres of hops in their first year and will add another six this spring. “Organic breweries have a […] Read more

Consumers willing to pay premium for organic, natural beef

With more shoppers seeking quality sirloin and ribeye, wholesalers are seeking a market for lower cuts

RED DEER — There is a growing trend among beef lovers to seek more organic and natural products. Changing tastes and the desire for higher quality have been noticed by beef sellers who supply grocery stores and restaurants. At Centennial Foods, the beef business is changing as more customers from food service, wholesale and retail […] Read more