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Friday, September 30, 2016

Photo recap: 2016 British Tomato Conference

PHOTO REPORT The´Great British Tomato´ took center stage again during the annual TGA Conference in Warwick this week. With speakers discussing topics like Brexit, the state of UK tomato retail, energy trends, plus a variety of research projects being presented, it was a not-to-miss event for the UK tomato grower.After a.....

Tecnova signs contract:

Spain to build pilot greenhouse for Egyptian government

Tecnova Research Centre based in Almeria, southern Spain, has signed a contract for building a High Productivity Pilot Greenhouse in El Cairo region.The Egyptian government is looking to modernise its agriculture in order to develop the economy, creating new jobs and improving population wealth.Last March,.....

Houweling's "Seeds of Tomorrow" project making a difference in Guatemala

In 2012, Casey Houweling visited Impact Ministries in Tactic, Guatemala and was met by Les and Rita Peters, founders of Impact Ministries, who have established six school sites that offer a strong education to the students in Tactic. Struck by the amount of malnutrition there, Houweling was moved to take.....

Windset Farms ships first Canadian peppers to Japan

Windset Farms will be the first company to ship bell peppers to Japan following recently approved market access. Many bodies were involved in the process including the BC Ministry of Agriculture, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and other government.....

Syngenta reinvents the green pepper with Overgreen

For generations, parents have been trying to get children to eat their vegetables – usually with mixed results. But a new pepper from Syngenta may just have the taste that kids will enjoy – with the nutrients that will make parents happy. Two decades in the making, the Overgreen pepper is a market-changing.....

US (NY): Webster Town Board approves Intergrow tomato greenhouse

The Webster Town Board meeting room featured standing room only on Thursday night, in the latest twist in a controversial plan to bring a hydroponic tomato farm to the community.The town board gave the green light for the project to move forward, but the meeting itself wasn't to approve the construction of.....

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Energymore »

German grower uses biofuel as alternative to natural gas

Immensely increased natural gas prices in 2005 led German greenhouse grower Scherzer-Gemüse GmbH to consider some heating alternatives. For their 7 hectare location in Nuremberg they’ve installed a wood chip heating system to heat their greenhouses. Their new 10.5 hectare glass greenhouse in Dinkelsbühl is.....

Fertilizersmore »

Oppy helps turn waste into feed and fertilizer

You could almost call it a circle of life. Now all culls from Oppy's Vancouver warehouse are composted by Enterra—a local company that specializes in the development and manufacture of ecological insect protein—to become ingredients in processes that create fertilizer and animal food.“Because Enterra.....

Breedingmore »

Syngenta reinvents the green pepper with Overgreen

For generations, parents have been trying to get children to eat their vegetables – usually with mixed results. But a new pepper from Syngenta may just have the taste that kids will enjoy – with the nutrients that will make parents happy. Two decades in the making, the Overgreen pepper is a market-changing.....

Machinesmore »

Are you going to deliver your local produce with this electric cargo bike?

Sortimo, a German producer of company vehicle equipment, went off the beaten track when revealing an electric cargo bike for urban entrepreneurs at company vehicle fair IAA. The cargo bike, called ProCargo CT1, was designed in the first place for freelancers in urban home maintenance, according to.....

Product Infomore »

Eminent introduces purple-and-yellow Eclips tomato

This new Eclips tomato is still in trials this year, but that is definitely going to change. During the AGF Detail exhibition in Holland this week, Eminent showed this purple-and-yellow tomato to a larger audience, without arousing high expectations, incidentally. “This is the first year we have this.....

Packagingmore »

NL: Nispen Verpakkingen Cradle to Cradle certified

With the personal conviction that a better environment starts at home, director Marcel Baelemans started the initiative to make Nispen Verpakkingen into a Cradle2Cradle company a few years ago. "We all have a responsibility towards our planet. Including me. It's my dream for our children and the generations.....

Marketingmore »

Japanese cellphone covers made with fresh fruits

Fresh fruits always bring refreshing feelings, that's why commodities with various fruit patterns can be seen everywhere. But have you ever seen cellphone covers made with fresh fruits? Japanese artisan Souchan, makes cellphone covers with fresh apples, oranges, and watermelons by using his pressed-flower.....

Substratesmore »

Turkish horticulture picking up again, new generation open to investments

Now that the political issues between Turkey and Russia seem to be partly resolved, Turkish agriculture is said to show an upward trend again. Exports of Turkish produce to Russia are slowly picking up and growers in the concentrated greenhouse areas of Antalya, Adana and Mersin are seeing better times.....

Organicmore »

US: End of the line for hundreds of organic growers?

The Crops Subcommittee of the National Organic Standards Board has submitted a recommendation that crops using hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic and other containerized growing methods—commonly used for products like living lettuce, herbs, sprouts and leafy greens—should no longer be eligible for organic.....

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US: FDA to redefine “healthy” claim for food labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on September 27 that it has started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling. Redefining “healthy” is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to enable them to easily and quickly.....

Healthmore »

Mushrooms enriched with vitamin D help keep you healthy in winter

Brits will soon have an easy and delicious way to heed the advice of health experts and meet their recommended daily amount of vitamin D during the winter months.This week, beginning 26 September, Tesco will exclusively launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally.....

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October 19 & 20

US (LA): Workshops on high tunnel pest exclusion, alternative pesticides

The Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education (SARE) Program and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer workshops on pest exclusion in high tunnels, or hoop houses, and the proper use of alternative pesticides in two Louisiana locations on Oct. 19.....

Retailmore »

US (PA): Whole Foods Market seeks local suppliers for new store

Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in its new South Hills store. Interested suppliers can submit information online at The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 12.Whole Foods Market defines local products as.....

Vertical farmingmore »

Soil or hydroponics?

Kimbal Musk and Dan Barber clash about the future of food

Kimbal Musk, co-founder of farm-to-table restaurant group the Kitchen, board member at Chipotle, Tesla, and SpaceX, and younger brother to Elon, thinks hydroponic vertical farming—that is, soil-less, indoor, LED-lit agriculture—is the future of food.Dan Barber, renowned chef, restaurant owner, author of.....


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