Organic News

GOTS uncovers organic cotton fraud in India

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has identified 20,000 metric tons of fraudulent organic cotton. Bogus raw cotton transaction certificates, false QR codes, and a fictitious Indian government website were used to authenticate the cotton fiber as “organic.” GOTS-approved bodies will cancel transaction certificates that rely on these inaccurate documents, so the affected goods will […]

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Quebec dominates organic farming growth in Canada

While organic acreage in Canada overall is slowing down, the province of Quebec increased organic acreage 65% between 2017 and 2019. Organic acres jumped from 314,000 to 570,000 during that period—a jump in organic livestock producers partially accounts for the increase. Quebec now represents over 40% of organic farmers countrywide, with 2,337 producers in 2019. […]

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Grimmway Farms donates $5 million to Cal Poly to research organic production

A key supplier of organic produce—and the world’s largest carrot producer—has given $5 million to Cal Poly to research organic production and soil health. Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will help launch the Center for Organic Production and Research, and build the Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic Soil Health and Sustainability Laboratories. Cal Poly’s […]

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Millennials will change the way you farm

Millennials—and most shoppers—prioritize convenience and social values when it comes to food purchases. Ken Dallmier of Clarkson Grain Company told farmers at the Farm Progress Virtual Experience that they need a “change in mindset and production practices” to meet the recent shift in buying preferences. “Millennials…are much more interested in how their food is produced, […]

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Clemson grant addresses soil challenges for southeastern organic farmers

South Carolina farmers are faced with low soil organic carbon, low soil fertility, and weak soil structure, keeping them from successfully growing organic vegetables. Rongzhong Ye, an assistant professor at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center (REC), has received a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a […]

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