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Coverage of organic farms since October 19, 2022.

Small farmers hit by extreme weather could get assistance from proposed insurance program

"...The flooding affected nearly 28,000 acres of farmland in Vermont, causing over $16 million in losses and damage, Welchs office said. That came after the May frost that caused $10 million in losses, particularly to apple and grape growers..."

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Fostering Food Security Through Local Cultures

"...The focus of this project has been to explore how people face issues regarding food security. These issues include, but are not limited to: climate extremes as a result of climate change (such as drought, for example), the role of conventional and organic farming, Saskatchewans position in the global food market, and the impact COVID-19 has had on peoples worlds of food from personal practices, like canning and family dinners, to local practices, like farmers markets and community dinners. We have been interested in what ways intangible cultural heritage (refresher here!) may shape and/or be shaped by issues in food security..."

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Analysis: Canadas wettest province faces historic drought and a precarious new future

"...I’d asked how his six-hectare Okanagan farm was faring amidst what’s shaping up to be the worst drought in B. C. ’s history, expecting an answer that had something to do with water shortage..."

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WWOOF connects travellers with organic farmers in exchange for room, board

"...Becky Young (R), the executive director of Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), wwoofing in Australia in 1981. (Photo submitted by Becky Young)..."

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Shuswap farm prepares crops for warmer summers

"...Wild Flight Farm sells produce at Wednesdays Organic Farmers Market at Uptown Askews Jacob WebbJul. 8, 2023 5:00 a. m..."

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Evacuation order lifted for Drayton Valley, some Brazeau County residents

"...A hazy sunrise can sometimes be seen in Canada during wildfire season but why it turns a deep red has to do with some pollutants in the air..."

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Natures Path walks away from organic farm

"...In March, Natures Path liquidated the remaining farm assets. The organic food company sold the tractors, combines, trucks and other farm equipment in an auction..."

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Four B.C. agri-businesses awarded $1.6M in federal funding for clean technology projects

"...“Our goal is to help the Canadian agricultural sector innovate and adopt clean technologies,” Bibeau said. “This new Agricultural Clean Technology Program investment will help to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and leverage technology to be more resilient to climate change. ”..."

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Family farmer dress-up at Lake Country Museum over Family Day weekend

"...There will also be various activities to teach kids and adults alike about seed planting, organic farming, and water conservation..."

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Malaysia Landslide Death Count Reaches 26 After Man Found Hugging Dog

"...Seven people are still missing after a predawn landslide on Friday hit the site located at an organic farm near the town of Batang Kali in Selangor state, just north of the capital Kuala Lumpur..."

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BIZ BEAT: Local food products available at more than farmers markets

"...Wesco Foods is an organic food store, carrying local food produced in the Alberni Valley or as close to the valley as possible, says Rollin..."

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LETTER: Allow chickens, don't ban compost piles, keep fruit trees

"...This is not rocket science, folks. Growing some of our own food in Nelson could happen safely if we really wanted it to happen. Banning compost piles or removing all our fruit trees is asinine..."

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Jobs in organic farms

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Senior Manager of Packing Operations, Full-Time (Toronto, ON)

"...How To Apply: Please forward your cover letter and resume to heather@mamaearthteam..."

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Kitchen Prep (starting at /hr)

"...organic kitchen running efficiently! In this role you will be assisting in preparing delicious organic salads, snacks and sides..."

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Business Development Lead

"...We have an immediate opening for a Business Development Lead to join our growing North American Trading Team..."

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Food Safety Coordinator

"...Assist with daily/monthly inspections, GMP Audits, internal/external inspections, internal audits, root cause analysis, documented corrective and preventative actions and risk..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention organic farms.

Profitable Practices: Brett Israel and 3Gen Organics

Duration: 7:08

"...Working together towards a common vision is the driving force behind 3Gen Organics, one of the country's biggest and most progressive family-run organic farming operations..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Sue Pritchard

Duration: 33:06

"...In this latest Sustainable Food Trust podcast, Patrick Holden talks to Sue Pritchard, Chief Executive of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) and a fellow, organic farmer in Wales..."

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Biosphere 2: farming while sealed off from the world

Duration: 51:00

"...Mark Nelsonis an environmental engineer, author, and farmer at Synergia Ranch, in Santa Fe, NM..."

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How to Create Living Compost

Duration: 50:21

"...Longtime organic farmer Mark Sturges believes that when we create a better habitat for beneficial insects, we create a better habitat for ourselves..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about organic farms.


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about organic farms relevant to the latest news.

Global influence of synthetic fertilizers on climate change

"...Climate change includes increased atmospheric concentrations of N2O, a powerful GHG, increased surface water acidification and eutrophication, and increased concentrations of phosphate in lakes and rivers that lead to algal blooms and other effects..."

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Aspects of traditional agricultural landscapes: potential alternative development paths for sustainable agriculture?A review

"...Concepts such as traditional agricultural landscapes (TALs), high nature value farmlands (HNV farmlands), organic farming, and agricultural heritage systems are associated with the maintenance or sustainable development of ecological agricultural systems, with an emphasis on providing ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and heritage protection..."

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The art of Buddhist connectivity: Organic rice farming in Thailand

"...The results show that Buddhist socio-economic imaginaries have informed the way in which Thai organic rice farmers reconnect to their arable land through an organic farming method, enabling them to live meaningfully and mindfully..."

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What future for organic farming? Foresight for a smallholder Mediterranean agricultural system

"...The results estimate an upward trend for organic farming area and sales, which would contribute to a greener and more sustainable economy in the region, a slight drop in organic versus conventional food prices, the entrance of large operators and a ?dualisation? of the models of production and consumption of organic food..."

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Agroecology and organic farming foster soil health by promoting soil fauna

"...We sampled soil meso and macrofauna in fields under agroecology (AEC), organic farming (ORG), industrial agriculture (IND) and semi-natural grasslands (GRA)..."

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Organic agriculture in a low-emission world: exploring combined measures to deliver sustainable food system in Sweden

"...In this study, we developed two scenarios to evaluate the role of organic farming in the broader context of Swedish food systems: (i) baseline trend scenario (Base), and (ii) sustainable food system scenario (Sust)..."

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The reflection of principles and values in worldwide organic agricultural research viewed through a crop diversification lens.

"...It is currently unclear how research on organic food/agriculture is structured, whether it embraces these principles, or how key crop diversification, driving sustainability, are addressed..."

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Habitat preferences and similarities of Grey Partridges and Common Pheasants in agricultural landscapes under organic and conve

"...Agricultural fields under organic farming are often assumed to provide adequate habitats for farmland birds, thus competition for these areas might be high and affect species? habitat selection..."

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Chicken Feather Waste Hydrolysate as a Potential Biofertilizer for Environmental Sustainability in Organic Agriculture Manageme

"...Also, the weak recyclability of chicken feathers leads to environmental pollution as a major part of the poultry waste is disposed off in landfills or burnt..."

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Mass Production and Marketing of Microbial Compost

"...Microbial composting is a fusion of various metabolic activities for the degradation and conversion of complex material into available nutrients with a value added product..."

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