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Agriculture Report

National Organic Week

By Fadi Didi

Events are being held for largest celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.


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It will be at least another month before the World Trade Organization hands down its decision on trade retaliation against the U-S over Country of Origin Labelling.

However, Canadian Pork Council officials are pretty happy with how last week's arbitration hearing went.

Chair Rick Bergmann says the Canadian government delegation made compelling arguments for the amount of retaliation the W-T-O should approve.

That included evidence that Canadian fed hog exports to the U-S fell by more than 80 per cent following the implementation of the COOL rules in 2008.

Similar reductions were also seen in the export of feeder pigs and Canadian cattle.

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Police are urging farmers to be careful after an eight-year-old boy was caught in a harvester in Perth County.

They say the 66-year-old man who was operating the tractor didn't immediately realize what had happened and only saw the boy once the harvester stopped working.

The child is being treated in hospital for what police describe as life-altering injuries.

The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

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This is National Organic Week -- and it's billed as the largest celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country.

There are farm and garden tours across Canada, workshops and tastings of organic food and drink.

Local health food stores will also be hosting activities.

Officials say it's a chance for Canadians to learn more about how organic agriculture affects the environment.

Organic food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics.

To be labelled organic, domestic and imported items must meet all Canadian food regulations as well as additional organic standards and inspections, which also apply to handling.

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A former peanut company executive in Georgia has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak.

Experts say the trial of Stewart Parnell and two co-defendants marked the first time U-S food producers stood trial on criminal charges in a food-poisoning case.

The outbreak in 2008 and 2009 was blamed for nine deaths and sickened hundreds more -- and triggered one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history.

 


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