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Friday, August 17, 2018


First plants in Pure Harvest Smart Farms’ desert greenhouse

Two milestones for the team of Pure Harvest this week. "We've successfully commissioned our first greenhouse and planted our first crop", Co-founder & CEO Sky Kurtz tells us. The company wants to grow top quality produce for the local market - something that is quite a challenge when you are located in.....

Hydroponics and NFTs shown in Thailand

With the Horti Asia coming up next week in Bangkok, many people decided to travel around the country a bit and learn about new techniques and opportunities. Enough reason for Wim Damsteegt and his company Dutch Greenery to open up their demo greenhouse and host open days. Demo greenhouse Damsteegt's company.....

Bayer starts Monsanto integration

The seed shift has started

It has been 100 weeks since September 14, 2016, when Bayer signed an agreement with Monsanto to acquire the company for $66 billion, or $128 per share. Yesterday, BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business Nunhems, opening the door for the integration of Monsanto into the Bayer.....

Horti Asia 2018

Highly populated Asian region offers opportunities to horticulture

Southeast Asia is considered to be one of the growing food baskets of the world in the coming decade. Economic diversification and steady urban migration is driving transformational change within the country’s agricultural and horticultural sectors as they redefine their place within the economy and society as.....

Fluence appoints David Cohen as COO

David Cohen has joined Fluence as chief operating officer. Cohen will lead the Fluence Marketing, Sales and Operations teams, and he will focus on the creation and execution of the global growth strategy along with defining and executing the digitization strategy for Fluence.“David will be an integral part.....

Canada invests in vegetable breeding research

Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science and Sport, announced $6.7 million in federal funding for seven new projects under Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) that will match researchers with companies to develop new gene-based technologies in health care, agriculture and.....

Passively cooled LED offers bright, uniform light for all crops

FlowerMax offers an innovative, intelligent lighting and control system for the flowering stage for all crops. With the needs of indoor farmers in mind, VividGro has developed a lighting solution for the flowering stage of plants that combines ease of use, energy efficiency and stability. The FlowerMax can.....

Marine Bougeard, Prince de Bretagne:

France: "Complicated season for tomato growers"

French tomato producers underwent a rather complicated season. After a spring with adverse weather conditions, the country is suffering from hot weather this summer with more production than demand. Marine Bougeard of Prince de Bretagne: "At the producer level, the 2018 season is really atypical."Amounts are.....

International beverage company invests 4 billion USD in Canopy

Constellation Brands will increase its ownership interest in Canopy Growth by acquiring 104.5 million shares directly from Canopy Growth, thereby achieving approximately 38 percent ownership when assuming exercise of the existing Constellation warrants. Constellation Brands is acquiring the new shares at a.....


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Bayer showcases Root2Success for healthy soils and roots

At the 30th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018), which takes place from August 12 to 16 in Istanbul, Turkey, Bayer introduces its latest innovations and novel approaches for sustainable horticulture production.The mission statement of IHC2018 is “Bridging the World through Horticulture.” The event.....


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Canada invests in vegetable breeding research

Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science and Sport, announced $6.7 million in federal funding for seven new projects under Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) that will match researchers with companies to develop new gene-based technologies in health care, agriculture and.....


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Fresh produce laser can engrave up to 6,000 cucumbers per hour

Under the motto ‘Nature has the best inspirations – and we should make use of these,’ the German brand Eco Mark presents so-called Natural Branding. This very modern branding procedure makes it possible for the fruit branch to mark fresh products without using chemicals, plastic packaging or labels. This.....


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German market demands innovation in cherry plum truss tomatoes

In Germany Mini Roma Rispen Tomatoes have become well-known and are a favourite among consumers. It is therefore not surprising that virtually all supermarkets carry cherry plum truss tomatoes in their assortment. The popularity of cherry plum truss tomatoes is due to their combination of taste and red.....


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Photo of French vegetable shelf causes indignation

The latest trend: halved tomatoes in plastic for 3.20 euros

Plastic films in the vegetable rack are not unusual these days. But a photo of a French vegetable rack has led to great indignation and disbelief among European consumers. The photo shows halved tomatoes in plastic for 3.20 euros, and a refrigerated shelf with packaged fruits and vegetables. Critics are.....


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How sustainability can increase your profits

Ajay of Green Insights: “We help companies integrate sustainability into their core business and make money in the process”“We help businesses address sustainability issues in their operations and supply chains, which results in higher profits and lower risk”, says Ajay Varadharajan, CEO of Green Insights,.....

Ukraine: Fresh produce delivered straight from producer to consumer in Kherson

The public organization "Land of Tavria" has implemented the project "Vegetable Post" in the Kherson region.It aims to improve the supply of fresh vegetables and fruits from producer to consumer, minimising the logistics chain, and helping small and medium-sized local producers optimise their production by.....


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"Making good use of coconut husk waste from Coastal Kenya"

New Kenyan coco peat producer sources locally

About 99% of all coco peat that is used in Kenya is imported from India and Sri Lanka, but James Kapombe expects this number to change in the coming years. Coming from the coconut growing zone of Coastal Kenya and working with coco peat on a tomato farm, he saw the opportunity to produce and market Kenyan.....


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US (PA): $500,000 for Rodale Institute to fund organic research

On July 20th, Pennsylvania state legislators gathered at Rodale Institute to announce $500,000 in appropriations funding dedicated to the Institute's research on organic methods. “I’ve watched as the research has grown here [at Rodale Institute] and know that the work being done here can have a very, very.....


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US: Greater shares of larger produce growers use food safety practices

The Produce Rule (PR) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires specific disease-preventive practices be used by U.S. growers of produce that is consumed raw. Finalized in 2015, the rule began to take effect this year.An ERS survey covering 2015 through 2016 found that a significant share of.....


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Chemicals found in vegetables prevent colon cancer in mice

Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, a new study from the Francis Crick Institute shows.The research, published in Immunity, shows that mice fed on a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol – which is produced when we digest.....

Scurvy makes comeback in the West

According to the British NHS, feeling very tired and weak all the time can be a sign of you being at risk of scurvy: a vitamin C deficiency. The disease, commonly associated with seafarers of old, has boomed once again in recent years and experts suggest it is down to our unhealthy diets.Other symptoms.....


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October 1-2, Cologne

Harvest failures due to drought: innovations in food production in sight

Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in times of climate change? Are digitisation, robotization, biostimulants and new possibilities of food production in cities, seas and.....

China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair takes place in November

Xinfadi + 81 Major Fruit & Vegetables Suppliers at China FVF

This November, Xinfadi Wholesale Market is going to be a host again at the China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair in Beijing. Exhibition Hall No. 9 would be dedicated to the theme of “The World’s Xinfadi, China’s Fruit Basket” where Xinfadi will showcase the freshest fruits and vegetables from 81.....


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Jan Willem van der Schans

Dutch economist discusses benefits of urban agriculture

In my PhD thesis, I focused on what the first advocates of free trade, John Locke and Hugo Grotius, meant by the word ‘free’. At that time the Catholic church regulated international trade; the English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese fought wars about international trade routes.by Jan Willem van der.....


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International beverage company invests 4 billion USD in Canopy

Constellation Brands will increase its ownership interest in Canopy Growth by acquiring 104.5 million shares directly from Canopy Growth, thereby achieving approximately 38 percent ownership when assuming exercise of the existing Constellation warrants. Constellation Brands is acquiring the new shares at a.....


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