Organic

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…

US: Some producers question value of organic certification

Instead of spraying pesticides, Dubuque’s Stone Hollow Gardens & Shroomery uses predato ry insects. Instead of chemical fertilizers, it amends the soil with fungi, through…

Organic show is platform to highlight sustainability efforts

Divine Flavor is planning on spreading the message of its sustainability efforts at July's Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, California. The company is one of the founding exhibitors of OPS and is also a sponsor. For them, this particular event is special as it is closest to the company's…

Gert Kogeler, Eosta:

“Shops in Austria, France and Sweden increasingly self-supporting in organic, bulk greenhouse vegetables from May to September”

The market for organic greenhouse vegetables has been very changeable so far, according to Gert Kogeler of Eosta. “The harvest hasn’t just been changeable in the Netherlands, the production in Spain experienced even larger ups and downs, mostly due to considerable climate changes.” “The start of the…

Grafting can help control diseases in organic high tunnel tomatoes

Grafting can help control diseases in organically grown high tunnel tomatoes, according to the results of a University of Florida study. In the study, funded by a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) On-Farm Research Grant, specialty tomatoes grafted onto two…

Over €100 million worth of fake food and drinks seized in Europol-Interpol operation

More than €100 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drinks was seized in the latest Operation OPSON, coordinated by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition and INTERPOL. 672 individuals were arrested so far, with investigations ongoing in many countries. Police, customs,…

Networking a key component at Organic Produce Summit

While all trade shows provide the chance for companies to network with each other and help create a foundation for great partnerships, the Organic Produce Summit’s focus on the organic category emphasizes this even more. This is also how Mucci Farms, a greenhouse grower with operations across North…

Greenhouse Task Force proposes changes to Canadian Organic Standards

Since 2009, all foods produced and sold in Canada that carry the Canada logo have been certified to the Canadian Organic Standards. Referenced by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, the COS must be updated and validated every year. The public review has now started. Farmers, processors, consumers…

Spain

Macro-operation stops organic cucumber fraud in Granada

The Spanish Civil Guard has once again participated in the Opson operation, coordinated by Interpol and Europol and with the participation of police forces from 60 countries.…

Expanded tomato line on display at upcoming organic show

For one organic grower, this year’s Organic Produce Summit is a chance to show visitors the full extent of what its company has to offer. A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. plans to feature its expanded line of products which include Persian cucumbers, ginger, broccoli, organic turmeric out of…

Government of Canada funds organic industry

Last week, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau was at Cooperative Alentour in Sherbrooke where she announced an investment of $992,131 to the Canada…

July 10-11, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Trade Association to host buyers mission at Organic Produce Summit

Next month, the Organic Trade Association will host its first-ever buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit on July 10-11 in Monterey, California. This event for the organic produce sector is the only show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers,…

New techniques to prevent fraud with organic products

Parallel to the expansion of organic products, there has also been an increase in the number of cases of conventional products trying to pass as organic. In order to avoid this form of fraud, a research team has developed a method to detect the use of pesticides during cultivation. However, things are…

Swiss pioneer Barbara Schmid cultivates organic microgreens

"I first had to explain to those responsible what it's all about"

Vegetable gardener Barbara Schmid is a Swiss pioneer in cultivating organic-grade microgreens. In contrast to sprouts, these are cultivated after germination under light and on substrate. With the purchase of a former ornamental garden center in the hamlet of Süri near Neuenegg BE, the newcomer started…

Danish supermarkets aiming for 30% organic by 2030

The Danish food industry sector considers it possible that, by 2030, 30% of all foodstuffs in supermarkets will be organic. This is the percentage envisioned by branch organization, Økologisk Landsforening. However, to achieve this, product development will really have to get going. “I do not think it is…

Singapore: Vertical farm receives urban farm certification for organic vegetables

Sky Greens, an urban farm in Lim Chu Kang (Singapore), has been awarded the world's first national standard for organic vegetables grown in urban environments, developed in Singapore to address key challenges such as limited land, lack of soil and water and higher operating costs from energy consumption…

Another 1.5 million Euro allocated by Bulgarian government to organic sector

An additional BGN 3 million (about 1.53 million Euro) is being paid out by the State Fund for Agriculture under the Tied Aid Scheme for Fruit and Vegetables for the 2018…

'Made in Qatar' vegetables

Qatar's organic farming continuing to grow

For many years, organic products were imported into Qatar, mainly because the country’s land was thought to be infertile. These imports were sold at exorbitant prices. Now, since the blockade imposed on Qatar’s neighbours -Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt– starting on 5 June 2017,…

US (IA): Bachelor of Arts degree in regenerative organic agriculture

MUM (Maharishi University of Management) offers a Bachelor’s degree program in Regenerative Organic Agriculture. Learn regenerative principles to rebuild organic soil matter and restore soil biodiversity. Learn permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop…

three-year transition period

US: NOP publishes letter on organic crop container systems

On June 3, 2019, the National Organic Program (NOP) published a letter to certifiers titled, “Certification of Organic Crop Container Systems.” This memo summarizes the rules…

Spain, Canary Islands:

Organic tomatoes, safe from the "Tuta absoluta"

25 years ago, there was hardly anyone interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables in the Canary Islands. Nowadays, however, 90% of the starting young producers do so in this sector. "They tend to opt for organic farming because of the clear production costs and the sustainability," says Paco…


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