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Award-Winning grape tomato now offered in organic

Following the success of its conventional offering, SUNSET® announced its award-winning grape tomato is now also being offered as Organic. The tomato has won numerous awards including the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute.“We are thrilled to introduce a new product to.....

EU: Ten-year reprieve for organic hydroponic growers

The European Union has published its new organic regulation, which will enter into force on January 1, 2021. For organic hydroponic growers, the following passage is of interest, which states that operations certified as organic before June 28, 2017, may continue growing on their production surfaces for.....

US (MO): Springfield wants to build greenhouse near landfill

The City of Springfield wants to be the home to a commercial greenhouse powered by renewable energy. City leaders say there's an interest in locally grown, fresh organic produce. The city has space - the buffer area around its landfill, the resources and now the idea to build a greenhouse. It's now looking.....

US: Rodale Institute announces Chief Scientist

Dr. Andrew Smith, environmental scientist and organic farmer, aims to connect soil health with human health in his new role as head of Rodale Institute research.“The world needs science-based evidence that organic and regenerative agriculture is the healthiest approach for people and the planet,” said Andrew.....

Russia’s focus on organic agriculture

On 29 May 2018, a press conference took place in the Russian Federation dedicated to the 5-year anniversary of the National Organic Union. Participants of the conference discussed the latest developments in the sector of organic products in Russia and expressed their expectations of the draft Federal Law on.....

Jan Groen:

“The Netherlands is an organic production paradise”

Even before a green pea or carrot has been sown, the complete harvest for the coming season has already been sold. The sales season for Green Organics finishes in February / early March. “Market-oriented growing is our speciality,” says Jan Groen, manager of Green Organics and chairperson of Bio Nederland......

Vietnam moves to organic fertiliser

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said the agricultural sector must speed up the production, usage and consumption of organic fertiliser and reduce the amount of inorganic fertiliser. This move aims to improve plant productivity, quality and aid the.....

IFOAM appoints new Standard Committee

The IFOAM Standard Committee is the technical expert group that works on the development of the IFOAM Standard. Following a call for nominations published in March, a new IFOAM Standard Committee has been appointed.The committee is now composed of the following members: Reza Adakani (Iran), Stephen Barrow.....

Meagre rewards for organic farmers in Japan

Japanese farmer Yuya Shibakai produces organic lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables for a market that has seen nothing like the success of the sector in other advanced economies. On his farm outside Tokyo, Shibakai doggedly trudges along a line of lettuces, pulling up weeds by hand.Organic farming.....

Organic Trade Association:

"Senate Farm Bill provides historic advancements for organic agriculture"

The Farm Bill introduced by the Senate Agriculture Committee recognizes the strong growth in organic and the opportunities that organic provides for the farm and food economy. The Organic Trade Association thanks Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and members of the committee for their work to move.....
Frustrated with certification process and market access

US farmers are dropping organic labels

Midwestern fruit and vegetable farmers are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to give up federal organic certification, according to a Purdue University study. Obtaining organic certification can be an expensive, year-long process that requires changing management practices and working with.....

"U.S. growers are dropping organic labels"

Midwestern fruit and vegetable farmers are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to give up federal organic certification, according to a Purdue University study. Access to organic markets and consumers as well as the demands of obtaining and retaining certification seem to be the most.....

Young Greek families see value in organic vegetables

Back in 2009,Yiannis Kaminogiannakis from Bioierapetra, along with his business partner, felt the need to bring better quality produce to the Greek market in the form of organic vegetables. "We are both agronomists and felt that we had the knowledge to successfully grow organic vegetables for the Greek.....

Jiffy Products Sri Lanka successfully EU Organic certified

Jiffy Products Sri Lanka is the producer of horticultural coco substrates and propagation systems which, per May 22nd, have been certified according to the Control Union Certifications Standards on Inputs (EEC 834/2007 and 889/2008). Inspections performed by Union Certification have shown the sites and.....