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European organic discussion hits rock bottom

The giant expansion of the Spanish organic greenhouse vegetable acreage has resulted in some consternation in Holland. About 1,000 hectares of organic Spanish greenhouse vegetables seem to be cultivated in greenhouses that where built on a rock bottom in which the growers have deposited soil from.....

Taiwan passes proposal to promote organic agriculture

The Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan stated that verified area of organic agriculture in the country has reached 7200 hectares with 3.5 times growth compared with that in 2007. Nevertheless, the current Agricultural Production and Certification Act only regulates organic agricultural products while.....

India: Odisha to promote organic farming in joint effort with UNEP

The Odisha government and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have decided to collaborate to promote organic farming in the state.Executive director of UNEP, Erik Solheim met chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat on Friday and discussed the scope of organic farming in.....

US: Federal Reserve highlights economic benefits of organic agriculture

The significant and long-lasting economic benefits that organic agriculture can offer local communities are featured in an important new publication released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors, The new book, Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of.....

August 29, Portland

US (NY): Sustainable and organic vegetable pest management field day

Join Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists (Telenko, Hadad, Reid) and Cornell University faculty (Wallace, Smart, Reiners, Bjorkman) for an evening of touring Cornell Vegetable Program research sites and answering questions on sustainable and organic pest management options for fresh market vegetable.....

September 17-19, Gainesville

US (FL): Florida Organic Growers food & farming summit

This inaugural event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics, and researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. The agenda includes a food safety grower training course and a workshop on resources for.....

Scandinavian container organics to be phased out over next 10 years:

EU: Hydroponic cultivation no longer organic

Since November 2015, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission have negotiated in trialogue meetings on the new organic production regulation. Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Van Dam calls the result "a heavily argued compromise that I can and will accept because of honored.....

Michaël Wilde, Eosta

“Organic is booming thanks to the rise of the conscious consumer”

‘Where ecology meets economy’ is the motto at Eosta. The company, which is specialised in greenhouse crops and tropical fruit, is seeing a rise in demand everywhere. “A growing number of consumers are making a conscious decision to buy organic,” says Michaël Wilde, Sustainability & Communications Manager.....

Ireland: Massive organic farm sold for €17.4 million

The Grianan Estate in Donegal – one of Europe’s largest organic farms – has been sold for €17.425 million.The sale sees the farm bought by Glenmore Estate Farms Limited from Donegal Investment Group plc.The farm, which is situated at Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal, less than 20 minutes from Letterkenny, is.....

Spain has the largest organic acreage in Europe

According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, half of the country's organic acreage last year corresponded to permanent pastures, one-quarter to arable land crops and the other quarter to permanent crops. Moreover, it stressed that the acreage considered to be in.....

US (WA): Organic farming continues to expand

Two recent CSANR reports provide updates on organic trends – one on the organic sector in Washington State in general, and one specifically on organic tree fruit.In 2016, demand for organic foods grew once again reaching a new high of $43 billion of retail sales in the U.S. Sales grew at 8.4% over the.....

NOSB discussion on organic hydroponics broadcast in August 14 webinar

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via conference on August 14, 2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern to discuss hydroponics in organic food production.The NOSB will not be voting on a recommendation during this web conference. A transcript will be available approximately two weeks after the.....

UK: Plater Bio introduces chitosan made from fungi

Following a year of successful trials Plater Bio is now manufacturing a natural ingredient called chitosan, extracted from specially cultured fungi. This makes Plater Bio the only manufacturer of fungal chitosan outside of China.Chitosan is suitable for organic usage, allowing organic farmers access to an.....

US (FL): Bermuda vertical farm growing organic bell peppers

We've all heard of Bermuda shorts and Bermuda onions. Soon you may be hearing about Bermuda peppers, due to an easy to use, chemical-free and cost-effective growing system.Sun State Organics, an Ocala, FL based manufacturer of organic conversion equipment, has been chosen by Organic Vertical Growing (OVG).....