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Organic Seed Recordings from Organicology available

In collaboration with the Organic Seed Alliance, eOrganic recorded three sessions on organic seeds at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 3, 2017. Got Seed?Micaela Colley, Program Director, Organic Seed AllianceDavid Lively, VP of Sales and Marketing, Organically Grown CompanyKristina.....

US: Coalition for Sustainable Organics advocates for organic hydroponics

In advance of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) April 2017 meeting, the Crops Subcommittee has shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers.“The Coalition for Sustainable Organics believes that everyone deserves organic and this proposal.....

CAN (BC): "Organic growth good for small farm survival"

Hewing to a strict organic food diet can increase your grocery bill by up to 50% and might have only marginal increased health benefits, according to a new study published in Science Advances by two researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC).And while there are some environmental benefits to.....

US: Fruits and vegetables top organic food sales

Although U.S. organic food sales account for a small share of total U.S. food sales, they have exhibited double-digit growth during most years since 2000, when USDA set national organic standards. In 2015, the Nutrition Business Journal estimated U.S. organic retail sales at $37.1 billion—with organic food.....

German ag minister plans 20% more organic agriculture

Twenty per cent organic agriculture is an important milestone on the road to an agricultural sector suitable for the future. The 20 per cent aim is strived for by the Government of the German Federal Republic in its sustainability strategy. German Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt recently talked to.....

US: Organic now in kitchens of over 80% of households

As former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue begins his confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Agriculture, new Nielsen findings released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday show things have changed in the kitchens of American households across the country, from small towns to the big.....

Growing demand for year round organics in Qatar

A Qatari is growing organic vegetables and fruits year round to meet the growing demand for organic products in Qatar and the region, a local farm owner has said.“We are very proud that this is the only system developed by the Qatari people, until now, to produce all types of vegetables all year long,”.....

India: ICAR institute releases 465 biological pesticides

Farmers depending on chemical spray for protecting their horticultural crops can now heave a sigh of relief as a premier agricultural research institute has developed varieties of bio-pesticides which are sourced from natural resources such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals. Bengaluru-based.....

US: Organic science celebrated at sold-out fundraiser

Spotlighting the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming during an all-organic feast for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses, The Organic Center’s gala Thursday night raised just over $400,000 to help advance the projects of the non-profit.....

Video: How to improve tomato varieties

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are optimally adapted to their farming systems. In this webinar, participants describe how to develop and select improved vegetable varieties using the breeding component of the tomato organic management and improvement (TOMI) project as an example. The goal of.....

USDA publishes NOSB meeting proposals and discussion documents

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.The.....

EU imports of organic products from Norway and Iceland to resume

Organic products from Norway and Iceland can again be imported to the European Union and duly marketed as abiding by the EU's organic rules following the incorporation of the relevant regulations into the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).The long-awaited decision taken by the EEA Joint Committee.....

Biological Products Trade Association changes name, expands membership

The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), formerly the BioPesticide Industry Alliance, is the new name of the U.S.-based trade association representing the biological products industry. BPIA membership includes biological products manufacturers and marketers, distributors, food processors, growers,.....

December 13-14, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Grower Summit coming to Monterey

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are teaming up to host the first-ever Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, California on December 13-14, 2017.The OGS will bring together the entire organic production chain as well as service and supply partners at one.....