Organic is booming — and the push is on to get more growers

Demand for organic grain is growing at a sizzling pace and the sector fears it will lose market share if it can’t up production

Steven Snider was just 16 years old when he realized conventional farming wasn’t for him.

“I was spraying a wild oat herbicide on a field, and I got drift poisoning,” said the Edberg-area farmer and owner of Little Red Hen Mills.

“For three days, I was sick as a dog. That kind of changed my mind. I thought, if that’s doing that to me, why am I using it?”

That incident triggered the start of a nearly 30-year career in organic farming for Snider, who grows certified organic wheat, barley, oats, and rye for milling.

“Where we started and where we are today is an incredible journey,” said Snider.

And it hasn’t been an easy road to travel.

“When we got into organics, it was 10 years before the market was actually profitable,” said Snider.

“There were 12 of us, and we met in a basement in Vauxhall. We did it on principle. We didn’t do it for monetary gain.”

Since then, interest in organics has exploded — at least for consumers, said Becky Lipton, executive director of Organic Alberta.

Becky Lipton

Becky Lipton
photo: Supplied

“In Canada, we see 58 per cent of all consumers buy organic on a weekly basis. It shows the strong demand for organic products,” said Lipton, adding demand for organics is actually higher in Alberta than other regions in Canada.

“In Alberta, we have 13 per cent of the total share of organic sales in Canada, but we only have 11 per cent of the population.”

The growing success of the organics market is driven by the consumer, said Snider.

“The first rule of business is the customer’s always right,” he said. “What we’re providing is a product that consumers asked for and are willing to pay a premium for. It’s a specialized product for a niche market, and it has demand.”

Can’t keep up

But supply just hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, said Lipton.

“We’ve had a lot of our companies, both in Canada and the United States, come to us and say, ‘We’re concerned that we’re not going to be able to continue to grow in order to meet this demand,’” she said.

In 2013, Alberta had over 350 organic operations, including producers and processors. And that number has risen by more than 10 per cent annually since then, she said.

But that’s not enough, especially on the primary production side.

“There is such huge demand, and the demand is growing so fast,” she said. “If we’re not able to supply enough food ingredients in order for companies to be able to expand, we will potentially lose part of our market share.”

Ottawa recently pledged $1.2 million for a Prairie-wide project aimed at strengthening the organic sector, with organic food processors and others chipping in another $1 million.

That money for the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, which will be housed at Organic Alberta, will “increase quality and quantity of organic production, as well as profitability” for all of the Prairie provinces, said Lipton.

“What we’re trying to do through this program is show the world that we can supply amazing grains and food ingredients on the Canadian Prairies and that we’re able to scale up to meet the demand,” she said. “As the market continues to grow, we want to be the go-to place to get your highest-quality organic grains.”

Dispelling myths

Ottawa’s funding pledge is an important step forward for the entire organics industry, said Snider.

“It’s exciting to see that the organic industry is growing and to get recognition from the federal government at that level.”

The funding is divided into three streams — one to attract new growers; one to improve quality and quantity of existing organic production; and one for market development.

A key part of attracting new growers will be dispelling the myths surrounding organic production, said Lipton.

“There’s this perception that it might be unmanageable or that it’s too labour intensive or that you may lose money if you go into organics. I would say all three of those things are misconceptions.”

But there is a learning curve, said Snider.

“There’s always a challenge with information transfer and training and getting the proper connection to someone who knows what they’re talking about,” he said.

“That’s where I think this grant is key to trying to grow the industry and provide funding for research and training new producers.”

So is getting the word out “that there is money to be made in organics and that we have the resources to be able to support them through the process,” said Lipton.

It’s a message that will be listened to by many young farmers because they see a business opportunity, predicted Manitoba organic producer Darcy Hickson.

“I think that’s where we’re going to see the greatest push for organic farm production,” he said. “Young producers are going back home to farm and the farm families aren’t saying, ‘Oh good, let’s turn the farm organic.’

“But they are saying, ‘Here’s a couple of fields to try this and implement some of the things you’ve learned.’

“They’re going to be the ones who are going to piece the organic puzzle together and show us all how to do it,” he said.

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  • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

    Organic farming is “profitable” the same way windmills and solar panels are profitable. By relying heavily on government support, and by scaring consumers into paying double or more for organic food, the organic industry has managed to carve out an undeserved-niche by claiming to provide food that is more nutritious and pure. The reality is that over 46% of all organic food sold in Canada tests positive for prohibited pesticides. And, to add insult to injury, over three-quarters of all organic food is imported from countries like China.
    So much for helping Canadian organic farmers.

    • Rob Bright

      Not surprising to see a pro-GMO advocate/spokesperson jump in as the first commenter on this article. More fear mongering, Popoff? (Cherry picking and spreading misinformation at the very least…)

      • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

        You are correct that I am pro-GMO. But hang onto your hat my friend. I am also pro-organic, and have been since 1993.
        Sorry to burst your bubble dude.

        • Cletus DeBunkerman
          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            And why would I care what a bunch of tax-subsidized anti-science activists who’ve never worked a day on a farm think?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            These so called anti-science activist represent mainstream organic farmers, Misha.

            You know those organic farmers, their the ones you are trashing while saying you support organics.

            What Misha doesn’t tell us is that he is a corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation tool and a Koch Brothers KochPuppet who is here to confuse and deceive the public about these issues.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Domestic organic farmers in the United States and Canada fill less than 25% of their own market. So it’s clearly not me who’s trashing them; it’s the leadership of the organic industry that allows over three-quarters of all organic food to come from countries like China that’s destroying domestic organic farming.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You can lay that problem at the feet of the corrupt GMO pesticide industry who has promoted poison based chemical agriculture.

            The food consumer has seen how this corrupt poisonous model is making North Americans sicker than the rest of the developed world.

            Unfortunately many farmers, who are practicality serfs on the own land who plant what the bankers and the agribusiness companies tell them to do so they can get the loans they need to finance the crop and equipment.

            You are blaming the victims instead of the perp. Typical corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation tool KochPuppet response.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            How exactly did the “the corrupt GMO pesticide industry” force the organic industry to abandon domestic organic farmers in favor of Chinese fake organic farmers?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You claim to be an organic industry patriarch, even thought most organic farmers would laugh at the thought, why don’t you tell us.

            FACT is smart people won’t rely on any food that travels that far, the best organic food comes from farmers you know and trust.

            It is these organic farmers who are being falsely slandered by your corrupt GMO pesticide industry KochPuppet act here.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I always know when we’re done debating Cletus. It’s when you start making unfounded claims and attack my character.

            Have a nice day my friend.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I am not your friend, Misha.

            I am a pro-health truth teller.

            You are a corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation toll KochPuppet.

            Your lack of character is a matter of public record.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            At least I use a real photo for my comments. You hide behind a graphic that looks like it came from the 1970s.
            Disco anyone?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            So that’s all you have left?

            HILARIOUS!!!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            No, that’s not all. I have the text of the USDA National Organic Program passed into law by the United States Congress. But you won’t read it, and yet you claim to know something about organic farming. And the only thing more absurd than that is your photo, or lack thereof.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I’ll verify your chapter and verse cite, but I’m no chasing through a long document just to find out you’ve lies again.

            What you are doing is similar to citing the Encyclopaedia Britannica as proof. It is a disinformation poly, and it is not working for you here.

            So please give us chapter and verse or stop wasting our time and the other readers time with your corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet BS.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Title 7: Agriculture
            PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM
            Subpart E—Certification
            §205.403 On-site inspections
            http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=4cd6f3de5156da3a7b574d061525385b&mc=true&node=se7.3.205_1403&rgn=div8

            Read it and weep buddy. A pleasure doing business with you.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Nope.

            You cite is full of language that says “State official may require
            that additional inspections”, ” agent may conduct additional on-site
            inspections of applicants” .

            Nothing you posted here showed any requirements for onsite crop inspection before harvest.

            Another sleazy attempt to deceive readers here by corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I refer you to the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). They will confirm that there is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection: http://www.ioia.net/

          • Sally Blackmore

            If you had a character…… you don’t — nor morals or intelligence.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Ouch! (Just kidding.)

          • Rob Bright

            Big food has certainly infiltrated the organics market, and the organics standards. How many organic companies have been bought up by big food? Plenty, and more every week.

            Then big food has its representatives on organic standards board and demand/request all kinds of changes that weaken the standards.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Those are the same people Popoff works for.

          • Rob Bright

            That’s because the demand for organic is far greater than the supply. Organic farmers simply can’t keep up with the demand.

          • Sally Blackmore

            Anti-science? You are such a joke — because everything you quote has NOTHING to do with science, only spin and lies.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Example?

        • StopGMO

          You are pro-organic but yet you bash organics? lol

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I don’t bash organics. I bash the current system which fails to test organic crops in the field to ensure they’re safe and genuine.

            How much faith would you have in the Olympics if they quit testing athletes for performance-enhancing drugs?

          • StopGMO

            But you trust GMO and conventional crops? lol

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I trust crops that are free of harmful toxins. And at present, neither organic nor conventional/GMO crops can make that claim in any way. Not even close in fact.

          • StopGMO

            That is wrong and you know it! You definitely have it all backwards buddy. lol Organic crops are not toxic and cannot be compared to the other two so you better get your story straight.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            A whopping 43% of all organic food sold in America tests positive for prohibited pesticide residue.

            Learn the facts my friend.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            96% of all organic food meets or exceeded USDA organic pesticide standards.

            Typical half truth lie for GMO pesticide industry disinformation toll KocPuppet Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            There is no possible way to know what percentage of organic food meets or exceeds USDA organic pesticide standards unless the tests are performed in the field, during the growing season, which is when all organic farm inspections must occur, according to the USDA National Organic Program.

          • StopGMO

            BS!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            My… what a compelling argument.

          • Ken Gallaher

            Document your LIES

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Which ones?

            Be specific now.

          • Ken Gallaher

            Start at the beginning since you have documented NOTHING.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Here’s some documentation on testing organic crops during the growing season, not after.

            http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=4cd6f3de5156da3a7b574d061525385b&mc=true&node=se7.3.205_1403&rgn=div8

            There is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Cite chapter and verse, Misha.

            We’ve seen your bogus claims turn to dust when it comes to the verification.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You’re not very good with hyperlinks, are you Cletus?

            Read: Title 7: Agriculture PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM Subpart E—Certification §205.403 On-site inspections.

            Emphasis on “read.”

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You cite is full of language that says “State official may require that additional inspections”, ” agent may conduct additional on-site inspections of applicants” .

            Nothing you posted here showed any requirements for onsite crop inspection before harvest.

            Another sleazy attempt to decieve readers here by corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You failed to fully read the single page I provided from the USDA NOP. Thank goodness you’re not a real organic inspector, and just play one here on the Internet.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            BS.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Exactly! I could not have put it better myself.

            I’m amazed that you either can’t read, or won’t read, the standards for organic production, and yet you try to comment on how organic food is produced and certified.

            Amazing. Breathtaking in fact. Pure, unadulterated BS every step of the way.

            How do you do it?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Now you are looking in the mirror and seeing your image clearly.

            Most people would be shamed and embarrassed at the sight but not KochPuppet Misha.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            There is post harvest inspection of organic food. You are attempting to confuse the issue of organic certification inspection with inspections of the actual post harvest foods and they are two different things.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            There is no such thing as an organic food inspection.

            When are you going to sit down and read the standards for organic production my friend?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You are the one claiming there is no crop testing done on the farm and that the standards require it. You lie has been exposed.

          • Rob Bright

            “There is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection.”

            That is unverifiable. And if you’d included the rest of the standards following your quote, you would see that additional inspections can (and may) be carried out.

            “(2)(i) A certifying agent may conduct additional on-site inspections of applicants for certification and certified operations to determine compliance with the Act and the regulations in this part.

            (ii) The Administrator or State organic program’s governing State official may require that additional inspections be performed by the certifying agent for the purpose of determining compliance with the Act and the regulations in this part.

            (iii) Additional inspections may be announced or unannounced at the discretion of the certifying agent or as required by the Administrator or State organic program’s governing State official.”

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Since you won’t believe a former USDA-contract organic inspector, I refer you to the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). They will confirm that there is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection: http://www.ioia.net/

          • TZ

            Well at least you admit they’re lies…lol

          • StopGMO

            Read and learn: http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/15/1/4.pdf Please don’t respond back because you will be ignored. I am going to take myself outside and enjoy this fabulous day with my delicious & nutritious organic lunch. Toodles!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            This is a five-year-old study in which the author admits that 23% of all organic fruits and vegetables test positive for prohibited pesticides. According to the USDA, that number has now risen to over 43%.

            So, I’m left wondering, what exactly did you want me to learn from this study?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Actually, Misha, you got your 43% number from this 5 year old document. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5101234

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Three years old actually.

            In any case, why did Crinnion get the number wrong by half?

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            They probably tested different crop samples.

            All you bogus claims are based on a single sampling.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            My guess is that Crinnion tested domestic samples, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that domestic organic farmers are a much more honest bunch than Chinese broker/traders.

            I performed organic field tests during my last two years as a USDA-contract organic inspector and never found ANY pesticide residue. Of course, the farmers I was testing were volunteering to have their crops tested. So naturally they were completely honest. And it’s these organic farmers I have devoted myself to trying to help over the years.

          • StopGMO

            If the prohibited pesticides are showing up on certified organic crops, this could be due to spraying and wind drift from close by neighboring conventional/GMO farms.

            “These results indicate that while pesticide residues are less common in organic produce than in conventional produce, detection of pesticide residues in organic produce is still common. The factors identified by Baker et al. as accounting for the presence of pesticide residue in organic samples include product mislabeling;
            misidentification of the samples during data entry; post-harvest contamination; inadvertent, unavoidable contamination from environmentally persistent pesticides; or drift from pesticides applied to adjacent land.”

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            There is no evidence that the results were due to pesticide drift. In fact, organic crops have 25-foot buffers which is more than enough to prevent drift. So it’s fraud I’m afraid.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            That is the theory, but the reality can be quite different.

          • StopGMO

            You and I both know that a 25 ft buffer zone is not necessarily going to stop pesticide drift, especially when sprayed with airplanes and it can occur hours or even days later.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Do you have evidence of this, or is it just a feeling you have?

          • Rob Bright

            25 foot buffers are a joke. There’s no way that distance is adequate.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            25-foot buffers were agreed to by organic stakeholders during the Clinton Administration.

          • Lucy7

            “I trust crops that are free of harmful toxins”. So you think GMOs and conventional crops are “free’ of harmful toxins?! LOL

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Oh God no. I said that neither organic nor conventional/GMO crops can make that claim.

          • Ken Gallaher

            GMOs are nothing more than patented Pesticide Delivery
            systems designed to increase sales of agro chemicals such as Roundup,
            glufosinate, Bt, 2,4,D and neonicotinoids.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I support non-proprietary, non-pesticide GMO crops, which account for MOST of the GMO crops available today. What you’re referring to is the small handful of GMO crops that have been developed by multinational corporations.

          • Ken Gallaher

            FALSE ..now they are moving to 2,4,D!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You clearly don’t have a farming background. you’re referring to a small line-up of GMO crops, produced by a handful of corporations.

          • hyperzombie

            Hmmm, 2-4-d is the second most popular herbicide on the planet

          • JoeFarmer

            How about you share your expertise in post-emergence soybean weed control?

            Do you understand why a herbicide-tolerance trait like 2,4-D tolerance would be useful in soybeans?

          • JoeFarmer

            Thanks for proving once again that your agricultural knowledge is zip.

            Name one GM crop plant that leads to increased Bt sales!

            Plenty of crops are naturally-resistant to 2,4-D, like wheat, rye, barley oats and early-stage corn.

            And neonics have absolutely nothing to do with GM technology, genius.

          • Rob Bright

            false dichotomy

    • Ken Gallaher

      Document your BS..

      • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff
        • Cletus DeBunkerman

          Your “proof” shows that only 1.8% of Canadian test outside of the allowable organic standard allowed pesticide residue.

          Your half truh lies are exposed again, Misha.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Sorry old boy. But organic inspections are to be performed DURING the growing season, not after.
            By waiting until after organic product has been harvested, shipped, processed and packaged, the CFIA guaranteed the positive results would come in below the allowable standards. Sadly for them however, there is no such thing as a post-harvest organic inspection.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            If you don’t like the current rules, take it up with Ottawa.

            You can tell us you support organics all day, but we can see that you are a Trojan horse KochPuppet here to do the will of the GMO pesticide industry disinformation echo chamber.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Sorry (again), but I’m quoting the current rules to you.

            You should really take a minute and read the standards for organic production my friend.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I am not your friend, Misha.

            If you have something to prove cite chapter and verse. Until then we’ll just all assume your bogus claims are just more of your lies.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Read it and weep buddy:

            http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=4cd6f3de5156da3a7b574d061525385b&mc=true&node=se7.3.205_1403&rgn=div8

            And remember, next time read the standards BEFORE commenting.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Chapter and verse, Misha.

            Keep stalling, everyone can see you can’t come up with verifiable proof.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Right! Of course. How silly of me.

            Title 7: Agriculture PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM Subpart E—Certification §205.403 On-site inspections.

            Get back to me once you’ve read it my friend.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Again.

            You cite is full of language that says “State official may require
            that additional inspections”, ” agent may conduct additional on-site
            inspections of applicants” .

            Nothing you posted here showed any requirements for onsite crop inspection before harvest.

            Another sleazy attempt to decieve readers here by corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Here’s the part you missed: “All on-site inspections must be conducted… at a time when land, facilities, and activities that demonstrate the operation’s compliance with or capability to comply… can be observed.”

            Ask any organic inspector. This is the legal wording for FIELD inspections. There is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection.

            Ask someone at IOIA if you don’t believe me: http://www.ioia.net/

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You are trying to confuse the issues of organic certification inspections with post harvest inspection of organic food crops. They are not the same thing and you know it, Misha, but yet you continue your lies. You have been caught red handed again Popoff. Most people would slink off under their rock when confronted publicly with their duplicitous conduct, but we all know sociopaths don’t feel shame they just try and lie their way out.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Let’s try this my friend. Show me where in America’s standards for organic production you find mention of a post-harvest inspection of organic food crops.

            Better yet, show us where you find mention of a post-harvest inspection of an organic food crop in ANY nation’s standards for organic production.

            Go on now. I’ll wait.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I never made the claim that there was. That was your argument.

            You are getting so twisted you can’t even remember which lies you told.

            FAIL!

          • Rob Bright

            Completely bogus claim…

            “(3) That prohibited substances have not been and are not being applied to the operation through means which, at the discretion of the certifying agent, may include the collection and testing of soil; water; waste; seeds; plant tissue; and plant, animal, and processed products samples.”

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Please contact the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). They will confirm that there is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection: http://www.ioia.net/

      • Ken Gallaher

        That Monsanto thug corporation can apparently only afford 3rd stinger “spokesman” today.

  • Rob Bright

    Great article, and great news!! I knew organics were increasing in demand, but I wasn’t aware the demand was so great! Thanks for this article — VERY encouraging!

    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      Three quarters of all organic food sold in Canada and America is imported from countries like China, and almost HALF of it tests positive for prohibited pesticides.

      • Cletus DeBunkerman

        The USDA test have shown 96% of organic foods meets or exceeds USDA organic standards.

        Popoff is famous for his half truth spin and lies. Verify anything he says for yourself before you believe this corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation tool.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          The USDA cannot possibly claim that 96% of organic foods meets or exceeds USDA organic standards unless they collect samples for testing in the field.

          Olympic athletes are never tested after the Olympics. Likewise, there is no such thing as a post-harvest organic inspection. Inspections occur DURING the growing season. No exceptions.

          I’m terribly sorry my friend, but you have clearly not bothered to read the standards for the USDA National Organic Program.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You don’t make the rules Misha. The USDA has a process. It may not be perfect but it gives us very clean organic food compared to the cancer causing pesticide laden GMO food that are currently being purposely hidden from us in the food we feeds our families.

            !00% of these pesticide laden crops are contaminated.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You’re missing it (yet again).

            I’m quoting the USDA rules for organic production to you. This is not my opinion.

            these rules were written by organic-industry stakeholders during Bill Clinton’s second term.

            If you had ever bothered to read the USDA NOP – or any standards for organic production – you’d see this as clearly as the nose on your face.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Maybe you can link to something that proves your point, and I’m not interested in links to any of your corrupt blogs or to corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation echo chamber talking points.

            Until then I think we can all safely assume that you are just blowing more Koch Brothers smoke while trying to tell us you support organics.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            No one – least of all the Koch brothers – pays me to think. I am 100% independent.

            Here’s the link you asked for:
            http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=3f34f4c22f9aa8e6d9864cc2683cea02&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title07/7cfr205_main_02.tpl

            I hope you read it this time.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I am not going to wade through that looking for your proof. Cite chapter and verse, until then stop wasting our time with your failed attempts to deceive readers here.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Well, then here we are Cletus. You have finally admitted to not ever having bothered to read the standards for organic production.

            You have no idea what’s in them, or how they work, and you want me to spoon-feed you “chapter and verse” so you don’t have to spend any time bringing yourself up-to-speed.

            At least you’re honest… sort of.

            You have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to organic farming. And you probably never will. Because all you care about is what you think. Not anyone else.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            You made a false claim, and I am giving you a chance to redeem yourself. If you can’t cite proof chapter and verse you have exposed your lies for the deceptions they are.

            It’s up to your. Show us the proof.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You just admitted you have never even looked at the source that contains the proof.
            So, like I said below, we’re done here.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Just cite it here Popoff.

            It should be easy to do, if you are telling the truth.

            If not, then your lies are exposed.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Organic inspections must occur during the growing season, while the crop is standing.

            There is no such thing as a post-harvest organic farm inspection.

            There you go my friend. Now try proving me wrong.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Can you cite something or is this just more of your corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet BS?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            “All on-site inspections must be conducted … at a time when land, facilities, and activities that demonstrate the operation’s compliance with or capability to comply with the applicable provisions of subpart C of this part can be observed…

            “The on-site inspection of an operation must verify:
            That prohibited substances have not been and are not being applied to the operation through means which, at the discretion of the certifying agent, may include the collection and testing of soil; water; waste; seeds; plant tissue; and plant, animal, and processed products samples.”
            http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=4cd6f3de5156da3a7b574d061525385b&mc=true&node=se7.3.205_1403&rgn=div8

            Now you know.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Please cite chapter and verse. I want to verify your claims in full context and not just your edited version.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Title 7: Agriculture PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM Subpart E—Certification §205.403 On-site inspections.

            I can do this all day Cletus. Remember, I was a USDA-contract organic inspector for 5 years. So just let me know when you’ve had enough.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Repeating.

            You cite is full of language that says “State official may require
            that additional inspections”, ” agent may conduct additional on-site
            inspections of applicants” .

            Nothing you posted here showed any requirements for onsite crop inspection before harvest.

            Another sleazy attempt to decieve readers here by corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You have to read the whole page Cletus. Remember in grade school when you would read a story and the teacher told you to read the whole story? Same thing here my friend. Go back and read it again.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Sorry, Misha.

            Your attempts to deceive readers have been exposed.

            All anyone needs to do to see the proof is read it themselves.

          • Rob Bright

            Comparing the inspection of organic foods to the inspection of Olympic athletes is a false dichotomy. Completely bogus comparison…

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            When you’ve got nothing. lol!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Right. Because there’s absolutely nothing in common between athletes who are prevented from using performance-enhancing drugs and organic farmers who are prevented from using performance-enhancing pesticides.

            In any case, it wasn’t a dichotomy. It was a parallel I was drawing. Dichotomy means opposite. Silly. Look it up.

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            It was false equivancy, just another kind of sleazy Popoff lie.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            No… again… it was a parallel.

            (You misspelled “equivalency” by the way.)

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Try and weasel out of your sleazy lie, by telling another one.

            Typical corrupt GMO pesticide industry disinformation KochPuppet behavior.

      • Ken Gallaher

        Prove it.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff
          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            Five year old data, and no cite of chapter and verse.

            FAIL!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Three year old actually. But then, you would have had to have read the title page to catch that minute detail.
            (Silly.)

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            The document was published 3 years ago the data is 5 years old.

            You are the one trying to spin out of your lie.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            And how old was Crinnion’s data?

          • Ken Gallaher

            Spin spin twirl and LIE

          • Cletus DeBunkerman

            I don’t know. I didn’t post the study.

    • hyperzombie

      Yeah, more chinese organics in stores tomorrow.

  • Ken Gallaher

    https://www.heartland.org/mischa-popoff

    This is all you need to know about Popoff
    He works for Heartland Institute – the same PR folks that work for Big Fossil ( there is no man made climate change) and Big Tobacco (cigs are good for you.)

  • First Officer

    I don’t understand. If the organic sector is experiencing such demand, why do they need government grants? The demand means they can command higher prices. It’s like Apple getting government money because their I phone 6 had such great demand.

    • hyperzombie

      Organic is the government’s special little snowflake.

    • JoeFarmer

      Hmmm…organic production is so superior that a provincial government needs to throw money at it.

  • hyperzombie

    Well if Organic farming is so great why are only .4% of canadian farmland doing it???

  • JoeFarmer

    Sorry, but if this Snider guy can’t even follow basic herbicide application instructions and supposedly makes himself sick doing it, he doesn’t belong in farming.

    That’s like a truck driver running over his own foot because he didn’t set the parking brake.

  • http://www.lanayahoulden.com Lanaya Houlden

    What if you could live on an organic farm but have someone else run it for you?

    http://lanayahoulden.com/blog_post?id=13564