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Spain: Almeria wants to double the greenhouse acreage devoted to organic crops

The province of Almeria currently has more than 2,600 hectares of greenhouse acreage devoted to organic cultivation (about 10% of the total greenhouse acreage) and the sector has become fundamental for producers, who expect to reach 5,000 hectares in the next five years.The manager of the Association of.....

US: Toolkit helps growers understand the economics of seed

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) announced a new online toolkit to help farmers scale up organic seed production, increase their profits, and build the supply of organic seed nationally. Seed producers will find tools and case studies related to contracting, enterprise budgeting, inventory management, and.....

USDA finds lack of consensus for new organic marketing board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the termination of a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products. The decision also terminates the proposed rule on referendum procedures.USDA based the termination on lack of consensus within the.....

Organic greenhouse vegetables: “Demand surpasses supply”

In recent years, the sales of organic products within Europe and the Netherlands have increased. More supermarkets are choosing to have organic vegetables in their range. With a stable Dutch area and a growing market, this has had positive results for prices.“This year we were often asked about organic.....

Algae-based fertiliser turns vegetable farming green

There is a growing demand for ‘green’ vegetables but farmers are reluctant to change to these revenue-generating practices. Researchers have made it easier for farmers to get their products labelled as green through sustainable, easy-to-adopt technology.Regulations and consumer needs have expanded the market.....
United States

First quarter organic sales start strong in 2018

Organic fresh produce sales started the year strong with eight percent dollar and volume growth compared to the first quarter of 2017, according to the Organic Produce Network (OPN). Organic packaged salads remain the category driver, responsible for 19 percent of all organic fresh produce sales. Behind.....

Dirk Salentin, biofruit GmbH:

"We want organic quality to become the standard within gastronomy"

Last week at Flamersheim Castle in Euskirchen was all about exclusive enjoyment. Celebrity chefs, top winemakers, fine restaurateurs, gourmets and connoisseurs presented fine food and drink as well as new cooking trends within the framework of the Eifel Gourmet Festival. The biofruit company from Düren was.....

Dutch breeder introduces organic lettuce varieties

Bejo has added lettuce to its organic assortment. The new offering begins with five well-known, high-performing varieties from their lettuce range. Popular in Western Europe, these varieties include Times and Rumours in Iceberg, Agribel and Sementel in Batavia and Malis in Butterhead.All these varieties.....
Coalition for Sustainable Organics

Coalition strives for continuous participation containers and hydroponics in organic program

Led by executive director Lee Frankel, the Coalition for Sustainable Organics (CSO), continued its advocacy efforts at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting to ensure the National Organic Program remains open to producers using containers and hydroponic cultivation methods.Frankel.....

"Vietnam needs organic fertilizers for clean agriculture"

Vietnam’s agricultural production faces a serious imbalance in the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, resulting in a negative impact on the environment and quality of agricultural products. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong spoke in an interview with Vietnam Economic.....

US (NJ): Princeton project compares vertically farmed with organic veg

Several new research projects that promise to expand the bounds of knowledge have been selected to receive funding through Princeton’s Office of the Dean for Research.The Dean for Research Innovation Funds are awarded annually to promising and forward-looking research across various subject areas and.....

ZVG calls for uniform regulations for ground-based greenhouse cultivation

Last Thursday, the European Parliament passed an amendment to the EU Organic Regulations, which will apply starting January 2021. For horticulture in particular the rules around organic pot plant production and the regulation of greenhouse cultivation is of great importance. The Central Association of.....

NatureFresh Farms

"Demand for organic has been growing steadily"

With a fresh growing season underway, John Ketler, the General Manager at NatureFresh Farms, along with the team, is looking forward to what he says is projected to be an extremely successful year for organic produce. With an increased focus on growing using certified organic methods and processes, consumers.....

Pepper grower Gemapa: step for step towards sustainability

Composting the full crop at the end of the season

When the Lambrecht family started their Gemapa bell pepper nursery in 1990 in the Belgian town of Nevele, Marc considered going organic. In the end he decided against it. "I thought the risks were too great, especially the aphids," Marc says. He did the math. "If you grow organically, in Belgium you have to.....