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Since GM canola was first grown in 1996, numerous ‘escapes’ of all kinds of GM products have been observed.

Canadian GMO escapes common: report

That’s prompted a call for more regulatory oversight and deregistering GM alfalfa

Better regulations are needed to prevent contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s what the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the SaskOrganics’ Organic Agriculture Protection Fund committee (OAPF) concludes in a report called GM Contamination in Canada: The failure to contain living modified organisms – incidents and impacts. Why it matters: GMOs found where

Clubroot affects all cruciferous plants – not just canola (seen here) – which includes brassica oilseeds such as mustard.

Organic farmers don’t get a pass on clubroot

Clubroot can also infect mustard, radish and other brassicas

Organic farmers are mistaken if they think they will be spared from the clubroot infestation making its way across the Prairies because they don’t grow canola, a crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture says. Brent Flaten warned growers attending the SaskOrganics annual conference March 29 the disease affects all cruciferous plants, and that includes brassica


Organic wheat

Prairie-wide innovation fund for organic grains soon underway

Demand for organic grains increasing while maintaining the supply poses problems

A new development fund sponsored by organic food companies will soon support associations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta trying to expand the number of organic farmers. The Prairie Organic Development Fund (PODF) is a multi-year fund that organic food companies have pledged to support, while the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) will be its first funded project,