Will Oddie, an organic grain farmer in Saskatchewan, discusses the barriers to sourcing organic seed, the difficult choices that follow and his hopes for the future of organic seed production in Canada.
Jean Beaudet, Linda Labrecque and their son Antoine Beaudet raise Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy cows on their certified organic farm in Leclercville, QC. Their objective is to grow the best forage possible in order to feed the cows economically and promote the best animal health possible.
Rupert Jannasch, a certified organic grower and former inspector comments on the current state of the organic certification system.
The expenses involved in having a trained inspector travel to your establishment, review your organic system plan and paperwork, and write a report for the certification committee represent a relatively small part of the total expense. Most organic certifiers incur costs in maintaining offices and staff to meet client needs, and in managing promotion and education.
Marketers know that consumers will buy products that are healthier and better for the environment, so it seems everyone wants to get on the bandwagon. But what makes a product natural? Is ‘all-natural’ the same as ‘organic’?