Canadian organic food company funds the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative
Richmond, BC, Canada (May 29, 2015) – Nature’s Path Foods Inc., Canada’s first Certified Organic food manufacturer, is funding the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), which works to help Canadian organic grain growers expand into international markets. In support of the future of Canada’s blossoming organic food industry, Nature’s Path has pledged $20,000 towards the initiative.
POGI, a pan-western partnership between the Organic Alberta Council, the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, the Manitoba Organic Alliance, and the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia, is also receiving $1.2 million in federal support under the Western Diversification Program (WDP).
“As a Canadian, family-owned, organic food company, we are proud to support our home-grown organic grain farmers who work so hard to produce top quality crops that nourish both people and planet,” states Arran Stephens, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Nature’s Path Foods.
According to the Canadian Organic Trade Association, the Canadian organic market is worth $4 billion per year, growing over 10% annually and making Canada the 5th largest organic market in world. Canada’s organic exports are estimated at over $550 million per year.
To meet rising demand for organic grains, Stephens says helping organic growers increase production and profitability is vital to securing an ongoing supply of healthy food for all.
Nature’s Path relies specifically on organic grains grown in Canada for a variety of their certified organic products. “We work closely with Canadian organic farmers to source ingredients like the oats included in our flagship product Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola or our new Qi’a Superfood Oatmeal,” Stephens explains. “We believe in always leaving earth better than we found it, and thanks to organic growers, we see the promise of a bright organic future, for this generation and the ones to come.”
To further support the growth of organic agriculture, since 2008 Nature’s Path has acquired a total 6,600 acres of organic farmland in Saskatchewan and Montana which they farm as part of a crop-share agreement. In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary this year, Nature’s Path has also pledged $2 million towards the 24 hectare University of British Columbia (UBC) Farm to help preserve the last farm within Vancouver’s city limits.