Monday, December 17, 2018

Le Maraîchers du Mont Saint-Michel

France: "Local cultivation is more than the right postal code"

"The French market is a very good market to cultivate for. There is a demand for a clean, sustainably cultivated quality product: the tomatoes must be red and of good taste." This is what Jean Marc Paimblanc from the French tomato nursery Le Maraîchers du Mont Saint-Michel is saying. Recently, Havecon…

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Machine locates fruits and measures level of ripeness

Remember the video earlier this year, in which a robot drove through the greenhouse, selected ripe tomatoes and harvested them?  Remember questioning whether it will be a real thing in the future - a machine that can detect ripe fruits, measures their location and harvests them right away? Well, we've spoken…

Jan Robben visited Nepal:

Bringing strawberry cultivation to a higher level, even in the Himalayas

It should not come as a surprise by now that Jan Robben, authority on strawberries, travels all over the world. Still, you don´t expect strawberries to be grown in the Himalayas. By instructions of Stichting Programma Uitzending Managers (PUM), Jan went over there for a twelve-day trip to bring the…

LEDs for bell pepper cultivation:

"The crop is ready for the darkest period"

Only two more weeks and the days will get longer again on the Northern hemisphere, making it quite a challenge for growers these days to keep their crop up and running. The team at the Delphy Improvement Centre is doing their best as well. They're currently conducting a light test in which the first bell peppers were…

US (GA): Scientists aim to breed better tomatoes one bite at a time

Tomatoes have been bred to create a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes, but not much commercial work has been done on breeding tomatoes that taste good. That may be because — despite the public’s love of tomatoes — there’s been no commercial demand for a better-tasting fruit and because breeding for taste is…

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Farm identified as source of romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7…

Gas supplier responsible for crop damage in Sochi greenhouses

Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Krasnodar have exceeded their authority and discontinued gas supply to a cucumber producer. The Office of the Federal Antitrust Service in Krasnodar…

Netherlands: Additional research facilities at Delphy

For years, Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleijswijk and Certhon have shared the same ambition: to contribute to global solutions in the field of health, food safety and sustainability, through knowledge sharing and knowledge development. This is reflected in the Improvement Centre, which was opened a few…

Tom Meissner, T. Meissner Fruchthandelsgesellschaft mbH:

"Strikes in France are harming customers all over Europe, not just those in their own country"

For those who are dealing with vegetable and potato specialties from France, it is currently peak season, because on the Christmas dinner table, colorful beets and special potatoes from French soil are always popular eye-catchers. At the same time, the strikes and blockades in many parts of France are…

Turkey: Thermal greenhouses will be established in Kirsehir to educate growers

Thermal greenhouses will be set up in Ah Evran University in Kirsehir in order to train growers. According to the press release by the university, all the greenhouses will be set up nearby the main campus under the “Clustering of Thermal Greenhouses” project. As a part of the project, fully automated greenhouses will be…

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Pon Power introduces Cat Solar solar panels

Solar panels on the barracks of seasonal workers

Pon Power and Caterpillar came up with a new initiative to increase the use of more sustainable energy sources. In addition to reducing emissions through more efficient and clean engines, Pon Power's focus is also on the opportunities that the energy transition brings with it. With the introduction of…

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Biostimulants improve the nutritional value of iceberg lettuce

Studies carried out by Tradecorp in various Iceberg lettuce orchards in the region of Murcia confirm that the use of biostimulants and soil activators, such as Actyvium,…

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INnovations in plant Variety Testing in Europe project gets Horizon 2020 funding

On 11 December 2018 the European Commission communicated its decision to grant funds in relation to the call SFS-29-2018 “Innovations in plant variety testing” of the Horizon…

US (GA): Scientists aim to breed better tomatoes one bite at a time

Tomatoes have been bred to create a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes, but not much commercial work has been done on breeding tomatoes that taste good. That may be because — despite the public’s love of tomatoes — there’s been no commercial demand for a better-tasting fruit and because breeding for taste is…

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Machine locates fruits and measures level of ripeness

Remember the video earlier this year, in which a robot drove through the greenhouse, selected ripe tomatoes and harvested them?  Remember questioning whether it will be a real thing in the future - a machine that can detect ripe fruits, measures their location and harvests them right away? Well, we've spoken…

"Reducing power required from local utilities while providing cost saving"

Tecogen announced three separate Tecochill orders into the burgeoning indoor cultivation industry. The three projects, located in Florida and Massachusetts, collectively consist of four 150/200 ton STx Tecochill systems and two 400 ton DTx Tecochill systems. All six units are expected to be delivered and…

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Ensuring that you get enough nutrients

The colour of healthy fruits and vegetables

Each colour of the fruits and vegetables you eat daily carries its own set of unique disease fighting chemicals which are called phytochemicals. It is these phytochemicals which give fruits and vegetables their vibrant, bright and natural colour and of course numerous health benefits. Health expert Luke Coutinho in…

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Alberto Palmí, manager of Fedemco: "Why not go back to what we had before?"

"Wooden packaging can already replace any other material"

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards environmental and health awareness. For this reason, the use of non-biodegradable materials, such as plastic, in food packaging is becoming increasingly less popular among consumers. "A number of studies have been carried out recently by different universities on…

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Stimulating fresh fruit & vegetable consumption in Europe

Freshfel Europe’s 2018 Thematic Network Joint Statement on ‘Stimulating fresh fruit and vegetable consumption for healthier European consumers’ is now open for endorsement by stakeholders. The Joint Statement outlines a variety of recommendations on how to stimulate fresh fruit and vegetable consumption…

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Cyclone Gaja tests resilience of coco industry

Coco coir is used broadly in the horticultural industry. Being renewable and reusable, it offers growers an alternative with lower discarding costs. In addition, growing on a plant-based substrate is valued by its users, as well as the forgiving nature of the substrate: it can contain a lot of water and…

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Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". Thus says Salvatore Modica , whose homonymous…

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FDA investigation

Farm identified as source of romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7…

Health more »

Finding scientific backing for health claims

How healthy are fresh fruits and vegetables actually?

That fruits and vegetables are healthy is a generally accepted fact. However, relatively little is known about the specific nutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables and their…

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Photo report

New York Produce Show attracts good crowd

Wednesday December 12, the 9th annual New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Once more, the show drew a lot of attendees to the City. Who doesn’t want to spend a few days in the Big Apple this time of year? On the flipside, the retail market for Christmas hit this…

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US: Take a peek inside one of the country's biggest aquaponics academies

Commonwealth Charter Academy has opened one of the largest public educational aquaponics facilities in the country. The 6,100 square-foot center is located at the cyber charter school's campus in Harrisburg. CCA students are managing nearly 3,000 plants and about 400 fish in the facility. ABC 27 took a look inside. Check it out here:

CAN (ON): Aquaponic cannabis grower expands with two new facilities

To meet the demand of a growing patient-base, Green Relief, a licensed producer of medical cannabis, has officially acquired possession of a new facility in Stoney Creek, Ont., that will significantly boost the company's production capacity. The 100,000-square-foot facility is located at 565 Seaman St., and is…

US: Blue Stream Farms receives grant

Blue Stream Farms is a project-based learning platform that, according to officials, will serve as apprenticeships, providing students with a strong advantage and help them take their next step in life. “Currently seven high schools have offered letters of support to Blue Stream Farms with four of those high schools…

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"Marijuana ban will stay in UN treaties"

The World Health Organization said Friday in Vienna that it needed more time to decide if marijuana should be removed from international drug treaties. The WHO was due to report on cannabis…

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