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The Keep It Clean campaign uses a ‘traffic’ system to quantify trade risk from crop protection products.

Keep It Clean enters its fifth year

Industry program helps avoid residue problems on exported crops

Canadian farmers are being encouraged to use an industry alert program to keep unacceptable pesticide residues on crops from spiralling into potential trade problems. The voluntary program called Keep It Clean informs producers about which products to use on cereal, oilseed and pulse crops and which ones to avoid so as not to exceed maximum

Keep it Clean wants farmers to hear the message that glyphosate and other crop protection products need to be applied only according to the label.

If farmers keep misusing glyphosate, they may lose it

The warnings from the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign are taking on a more urgent tone

If Canadian farmers want to keep using glyphosate they must stop misusing glyphosate. That blunt message was delivered earlier this summer during a ‘Keep it Clean’ webinar to agronomists and retailers, who were urged to pass it on to their farmer-clients. “We all know the value of glyphosate, but to be very blunt about it,


Glyphosate residues on grain are an increasing concern among consumers,  Fisher Branch farmer Paul Gregory told the Canadian Grain Commission’s assistant chief commissioner Doug Chorney at KAP’s meeting April 2. Chorney said Canada’s grain is safe.

Canadian grain is safe, Grain Commission’s Chorney says

The Canadian Grain Commission is aware of rising 
consumer concerns about glyphosate residues

Canadian grain is safe when it comes to pesticide residues, says Doug Chorney, assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). “We’re very sensitive in our current monitoring programs to these concerns,” Chorney said here April 2 at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting. During a question period Fisher Branch farmer Paul

One study determined that if half of all Americans increased their consumption of a fruit and vegetable by a single serving each day, 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented each year.

Comment: ‘Dirty dozen’ list of ‘dangerous’ produce questioned

Unnecessary concern about pesticides could backfire by reducing consumption of cancer-fighting produce

Since 1995, an activist group (Environmental Working Group) has released a so-called “dirty dozen” produce list. However, peer-reviewed studies show this list’s recommendations are not scientifically supportable while other studies show it may negatively impact consumers since it discourages purchasing of any produce — organic or conventional. “There are many ways to promote organic produce

The list of prohibited crop protection products looks set to shrink in the new crop year.

Manipulator OK’d for 2018 crop, progress on quinclorac

The list of products exporters don’t want farmers using on their crops is being revised

The list of chemicals Canadian farmers shouldn’t apply to their crops because they put markets at risk is expected to be shorter this growing season. Manipulator (chlormequat chloride), a plant growth regulator, has received a maximum residue limit (MRL) in the United States and an international MRL is expected to be set in July for


European buyers of Canadian grain are asking about glyphosate and other pesticide residues, as well as mycotoxins, John Peterson, Richardson International’s assistant vice-president of wheat marketing and hedging, told a meeting in Saskatoon last month.

Grains industry says residue issues aren’t going away

Canadian grain producers need to be more vigilant than ever about what pesticides they apply, and how they apply them

Like it or not, the safety of glyphosate is becoming a big issue for agriculture. Consumers are beginning to have doubts, especially about residue levels, and that’s translating into questions from buyers, one industry insider told a March 24 meeting in Saskatoon. Speaking at a meeting of the Prairie Grain Development Committee, John Peterson, Richardson

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Study documents benefits of organic farming

Organic crops had 18 to 69 per cent higher concentrations of antioxidant compounds meaning consumers get more nutrition per calorie

Washington State University – The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based

Organic pesticide reports to boost local purchases

Canadian growers produce in a cleaner environment and to a higher standard, 
says Manitoba Organic Alliance president

Recent reports of pesticides found on organic produce will prompt buyers of organic food to pay more attention to its source, says the head of Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA). “I don’t see this as turning anyone off organics. I see this as a benefit to organics and to the buy-local movement,” said Kate Storey, a