Organic

LIVESEED cross-visit to the Netherlands

Production of organic seeds: a business case

The 3rd LIVESEED cross-visit focused on organic seed production of vegetable crops and potatoes. From 30 September to 3 October 2019, a multi-actor expert team, consisting of farmers, breeders, seed producers, researchers, and trainers participated from across Europe, especially from countries where…

Authentic tomato flavor brought back in a small Catalan town

Inma Morgado and David Bertran are strongly committed to the organic cultivation of tomatoes and the search for their authentic flavor. This couple grows different tomato varieties in the Horta de la Mercè, on the outskirts of the Catalan town of Vulpellac. They don't only sell the most interesting…

Another 2,000 hectares of biological control in Almeria's agricultural campaign

In the 2019-2020 agricultural campaign, the area under plastic in Almeria cultivated with biological control mechanisms has increased by more than 2,000 hectares compared to…

New organic snacking tomato line to be launched at PMA

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, have announced the launch of their snacking tomato lineup that comes in top seal packaging. They will feature the line at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in October in Anaheim, CA. “At Wholesum, we have always…

Is it worth the extra cost?

Organic versus standard produce

Environmentally-conscious shoppers are driving the demand for organic fruit and vegetables, as clearly some are willing to pay more for chemical-free options. Newshub investigated the quality and…

"Spain is the leading organic fruit and vegetable producer in Europe"

According to the 2019 Spanish economy sector report prepared by the Spanish Export Credit Insurance Company (CESCE), Spain is the leading organic producer in Europe, as well…

IFOAM - Organics International elects new Vice President

Karen Mapusua has been unanimously appointed as IFOAM - Organics International's newest Vice President. Karen will assume the role straightaway as the successor to current Vice President and Executive Board Member, Frank Eyhorn. In her new capacity, Karen will serve alongside President Peggy Miars and…

Bernd Kugelmann, Pfalzbio:

"Overall decline in demand for courgettes, despite an increase in organic"

In the vegetable growing region of Pfalz, organic farming is rapidly increasing: from last year alone, there was a growth of 20%, both in terms of area and turnover. This is also noticed by Bernd Kugelmann, who cultivates zucchini, pumpkin, celery, leek and lamb's lettuce on 60 hectares of organic farmland…

UC ANR releases sample costs

Thinking about growing romaine or organic strawberries?

UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension have released sample costs to produce and harvest organic strawberries for fresh market and romaine lettuce hearts in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Romaine harvest. In the romaine and strawberry cost studies, the authors have also…

Canada celebrates National Organic Week

It’s a special year in Canada. This year, National Organic Week runs from September 9th to 15th and celebrates its 10th anniversary. Organic Alberta is an organizer for National Organic Week in Canada. Albertans are dedicated to creating a strong, sustainable, and united organic community in Alberta and…

Rijk Zwaan focuses on cooperation with organic partners

The demand for organic vegetables is still growing. The market has expanded in the last 18 years from $18 billion to over $100 billion last year (source: Ecovia Intelligence). Sales are increasing annually, mainly in Europe and North America. This poses an enormous challenge for the whole organic chain…

Effect of organic fertilizer on growth and nutrient leachate profile of greenhouse cucumber

Fertility management of seedlings and transplants is considered a key challenge in organic greenhouse production. This study was conducted to determine the response of greenhouse-grown cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and nutrient release profile to two organic fertilizers and their combinations applied at three…


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