By Manny Paiva
Organic farmers encouraged to fill out survey for better certification process, new rules for pigs.
A questionnaire has been developed to help develop a better organic certification process.
It has been done by the Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification.
Member Tony McQuail says they will review all of the suggestions and comments -- and make some recommendations this winter.
The questionnaire has been sent to organic farmers across the country.
It is also available online.
The deadline to submit responses is April 11th.
The Retail Council of Canada calls it a significant advance for the welfare of pigs.
The National Farm Animal Council has revised rules that aim to improve the conditions under which pigs are raised.
The revised code says sows should be raised in stalls that are large enough for the animal to turn around or exercise periodically.
Farm experts from around the world are gathering later this month in Mexico to hold critical talks about wheat.
The scientists are to examine the latest evidence of how climate change affects wheat production.
It's the new big banana.
Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland have agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.
The two companies will become ChiquitaFyffes P-L-C.
The deal still requires shareholder and regulatory approval in Ireland and the U-S.
The companies say the new banana behemoth will ship more than 160 million crates worldwide.
Some Americans may not be able to find enough cabbage to go with their corned beef on St. Patrick's Day this year.
But those celebrating the food tradition in Canada are in luck.
A trade publication called The Packer says winter weather hurt cabbage crops in northern Florida and Texas -- limiting supplies and nearly doubling prices in February.
But the chair of the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto says homegrown cabbage harvested last fall will be available until April.