Four Women-run Projects that are Redefining Agriculture

Marta Zwart

We’re showcasing creative and innovative women who are leading the way towards creating a more equitable future for food security. The work they’ve done and continue to do for their communities, the organic movement, and the environment deserve to be recognized. We’re very lucky to have such dedicated caretakers across the country, and understand that these are only a few …

The Critical Role of Trees in Combatting Climate Change

Julia Thomson

From the west coast rainforests to the urban concrete jungles to a few steps outside our front doors, trees are everywhere in the Canadian landscape. Their prevalence means they are often taken for granted, but trees are critical to life on this planet—and their importance is increasing. Vegetation in all forms provides the oxygen that people and animals need to …

The Future of Food looks a lot like Amazon: But is it the Future We Want?

Carly Livingstone

Amazon is adding a lot of options to our grocery shopping experience, and in ways that might make us want to think before we click. In Canada, I may soon be able to order fresh, organic produce from Whole Foods Market online through Amazon and, with my Prime membership, have it delivered in under two hours. I will be able …

Regenerative Organic Certification in the Canadian Context

Rochelle Eisen

See “Raising the Bar: Regenerative Organic Certification” for more information on the ROC system. A detailed comparison of the Regenerative Organic Certification and the Canadian Organic Standards is available in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of TCOG Kudos to Rodale and its industry partners for launching the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) program in the US. It’s the gap-filler they need until …

There are Apps for Everything . . . But Do They Really Help Farmers?

Chris Bodnar

In 2008 Patricia Bishop of Taproot Farm in Nova Scotia needed some technological support for her Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program. But there weren’t a lot of products for farmers looking for CSA management software. “The costs were really high and there weren’t a lot of options. And none of them did everything I wanted them to do.” So Bishop …

Opinion: Fairness in Organic Agriculture

Anne Macey

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has established its Principles of Organic Agriculture. Within those, IFOAM includes a Principle of Fairness, which states “Organic agriculture should be built on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.” The IFOAM text elaborates further, saying this principle “emphasizes that those involved in organic agriculture should …

Four Principles of Organic Agriculture

Shannon Jones

What do you say when someone asks you what Organic means? Or what have you heard? I’ll bet you’ve said or heard phrases like “no synthetic pesticides,” “increased animal welfare,” or “no GMOs.”   While these responses aren’t wrong, they don’t adequately describe the “spirit” of what organic means.  For decades, people from different backgrounds—farmers, eaters, scientists, politicians—and from different parts …