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European Parliament wants more biological crop protectionAlthough fast and effective for plant growth, chemical pesticides entail potential risks for human health, animals and the environment. About 45% of food we consume contains pesticide residues with 1.6% exceeding legal limits, according to the European Food Safety Authority. MEPs want to promote the use of.....
Andermatt Biocontrol goes USAWith the establishment of their subsidiary Andermatt USA, Andermatt Biocontrol is taking an important step forward in the US market.The foundation of the Andermatt USA subsidiary helps to increase market penetration and to secure long-term success in a fast-changing market. With the approval and successful.....
US (TX): University research to boost spinach industryResearch at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could help re-establish the Texas Winter Garden as one of the premiere areas for spinach production, including organic production, in the U.S.Spinach production in the Texas Winter Garden area has grown, but overall production is.....
US (GA): Incorporating high tunnels in organic farmingIntensive year-round vegetable production under high tunnels is a cornerstone of Crystal Organic Farm. Farming in the Deep South, Nicolas Donck gravitated toward high-tunnel production because of its many benefits including less soil erosion from storm events, ability to achieve lasting soil quality.....
UK demand for organic food at ten year highDemand for organic food is rising each year and, according to major retailers in the UK, is at its highest level in over a decade.After being hit hard by the economic downturn, the industry has climbed back out and is now returning to rude health as more shoppers say organic food is worth paying the premium.....
European organic market grows by double digitsThe organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2015, it increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros (European Union: 27.1 billion Euros). Almost all the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates. At BIOFACH, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the Agricultural Market.....
Please join the USDA's Certified Organic SurveyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified.....
Peter Klapwijk, 2Harvest:
Can the world be fed with organic farming?"Can we efficiently feed the world and provide it with organic green products? Until recently, my answer was a very strong no," writes Dutch horticulture consultant Peter Klapwijk. "Organic cultivation in a greenhouse doesn’t allow efficient disease control and growing in the soil is hard to control and.....
New vegetables for organic systemsIf you missed Thursday’s Soil and Crop Sciences Section seminar from Cornell University, titled 'New vegetables for organic systems' with Michael Mazourek, it is available online. You can watch the seminar video below.
Biodegradable plastic mulches in organic productionBiodegradable plastic mulch has the potential to be a sustainable technology in agricultural production systems if the mulch performs equally to polyethylene (PE) mulch and biodegrades completely into constituents that do not harm the soil ecology or environment. Reduced labor costs for removal and disposal,.....
High tunnels can improve organic bitter melon growthThere is a potentially large market for locally produced organic bitter melons (Momordica charantia L.) in Canada, but it is a great challenge to grow this warm-season crop in open fields (OFs) due to the cool and short growing season.To test the feasibility of using high tunnels (HTs) for organic production.....
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Tomato breeding for organic growersJoin eOrganic for a webinar about organic tomato breeding and variety improvement by some of the leading experts in this field. This webinar takes place on March 7th, 2017 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). It's free and open to the public and advance registration is.....
US (NM): Organic certification program faces financial woesNew Mexico’s program for inspecting and certifying organic farms is struggling financially, leaving the state agriculture department to identify options for saving the program.The New Mexico Organic Certification Program has operated with a $100,000-a-year deficit since the state cut its funding in 2010 and.....
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