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Spain: CASI doubles acreage devoted to organic production

Leading tomato-growing cooperative CASI is doubling its acreage devoted to organic production, with a total of approximately 115 hectares. The BIO range features products like courgettes, on the vine tomatoes, Rebelión tomatoes, Dutch cucumbers, plum, cherry on the vine and loose tomatoes, bell peppers and.....

US: Organic labels must be removed from fumigated imports

In a joint letter to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may.....

US (NY): Organic greenhouse still a no-show, eco-development continues

A large organic greenhouse that was to be the first building in an even-larger “eco-industrial park” in Greece remains in a holding pattern.The 124-acre park, being developed by LiDestri Food and Drink, is moving ahead. Another structure — a huge frozen-vegetable packaging facility — is now up for approval.....

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Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

More than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....

OF&G chief Roger Kerr:

"Conversations about organic must change"

The organic sector needs to change the way it engages with farmers, consumers and policy makers if the huge opportunities offered by the sector are to be taken more seriously. Roger Kerr, chief executive of organic licensing body OF&G, said organic farming offered major potential to businesses.....

Austria: Organic cucumber rarities sold exclusively by Merkur

The Austrian vegetable season has started. This year Ja! Natürlich once again brings cucumber rarities exclusively to the shelves of selected MERKUR branches. Until the end of August, the twelve different cucumber specialities from Austria are available - from small to large, from dark green to creamy white,.....

US: Scholarship fund supports next generation of organic farmers

American agriculture is at a critical juncture: Nearly one-third of farmers are past retirement age, and 93 million acres of farmland are poised to change hands in the next five years. Organic product sales have climbed by over 70% since 2008, yet only 1% of domestic arable acreage is currently certified.....

US (ME): MOFGA welcomes new executive director Sarah Alexander

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will have a new leader when Sarah Alexander assumes the role of executive director. MOFGA began a search and hiring process late last year when current executive director, Ted Quaday, announced plans to retire. Quaday will pass the reins to.....

UK: £500,000 for further development of organic pesticides

Bionema announces the completion of £500,000 equity investment, led by an overseas private investor with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales, Swansea Innovations, Swansea University, and existing investors.The Swansea University Medical School’s Institute of Life Science based biotech company.....

US: Ocean Mist Farms announces increase in organic vegetable acreage

Ocean Mist Farms, a major grower of fresh artichokes, announced a significant increase in organic vegetable acreage in order to meet growing shopper demand while the company said it will remain committed to their sustainable farming practices. According to the company, the Ocean Mist Organic brand has seen.....

October 1-2, Cologne

High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

Mycorrhiza fungi increase yields in a targeted and environmentally friendly way, robots help farmers to control weeds ecologically. Smallholders optimise outputs with sensors in the soil and with modern biorefineries. Both smallholder and organic farming can benefit greatly from technological developments.....
cites organic hydroponics as reason

US: Nature's Path leaves Organic Trade Association

Nature's Path Foods, a large North American organic breakfast company, announced its resignation from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) citing concern the OTA is shifting its commitment from supporting and representing the core principles of the organic food movement, to begin pushing a non-organic agenda.....

France launches plan to increase organic acreage

The French government is aiming for 15% of agricultural acreage to be organic by 2022 (compared to 6.5% currently), however the financing has raised doubts amongst some associations and syndicates. The Plan Ambition Bio 2022 will make aid for farmers converting to organic production more comprehensible. The.....

Optimising vegetable crops for organic farming

The recently started European project BRESOV (“Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable Production“) has set out to improve the competitiveness of three important vegetable crops (broccoli, snap bean and tomato) in an organic and sustainable environment. With a strong participation.....