Archive for August, 2010

Photo:  J.P. Moczulski for The Globe and Mail

These are genuine ORGANIC SEEDS, not hyprids and not genetically modified or chemically treated seeds but the “real deal.” Demand currently is far outstipping supply. Paul Evering, founder of EcoGenesis (an organic and heirloom seed supplier based in Guelph, Ontario) thinks there’s a revolution afoot (or “a-ground”). People are waking up to the need for diversity and for insuring organic from the start or the seed.

Though EcoGenesis has been around since 1989, Evering says that only in the past two years has demand for organic seeds exploded. More and more seed varieties are becoming increasingly unavailable. There are many reasons, not the least of which are the regulations for organic certification.

According to the 2010 Canadian Organic Growers seed list 36 companies in Canada sell organic seeds. But, due to a certification process that’s difficult to navigate, too few organic seeds are available to meet gardeners’ and commercial growers’ demands.

Balancing the economics of seed production with the high standards required for organic certification is the challenge. [For more about organic seeds and these issues, see “Grow your own goes organic.”]

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LINK:  What’s Organic About Organic?  (trailer for the documentary)

What’s Organic about Organic? That’s the title of a documentary film, now on DVD, about organic food and social responsibility. Here’s a synopsis:

“WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” rings the alarm for the need to develop an ecological consciousness.  The film illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility….

As the film moves from farm fields to government meetings to industry trade shows, we see the hidden costs of conventional agriculture.  We also see how our health, the health of our planet, and the agricultural needs of our society are all intimately connected.”

This film is now available on DVD. [For more information, visit the What’s Organic About Organic? website.]

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