Organic

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…

US: Organic Trade Association seeking “big ideas” on voluntary check-off

The Organic Trade Association wants the organic community to put on its thinking caps. On Monday, the trade group reached out to organic stakeholders and invited them to send…

Willem Bakker, BioTropic:

"More and more Moroccan growers switch because of good demand for organic"

In the summer season Willem Bakker of the French branch of BioTropic in Perpignan mainly sells Dutch organic vegetables and fruit on the French market, but in the winter the situation is reversed. Then, the focus is on the Moroccan import package, which is mostly exported to countries such as the…

Heleen Bos, Specialist Organics at Rijk Zwaan:

"Market for organic vegetables is nowhere near saturated"

Organic is still booming. In Europe and the USA, the market grew by 5-8% in 2017, and more and more organic vegetables are making their way onto supermarket shelves on the world’s other continents too. Around 40% of all Rijk Zwaan’s varieties are suitable for organic production. Some seeds are…

France: Study shows promising health effects of organic diet

A new study suggests that eating an organic diet may significantly lower cancer risk. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of…

CAN (ON): Developing a strategy for better information on organic production

One of the organic sector’s biggest challenges is a lack of timely, credible information. That includes production, pricing and marketing data – information organic businesses need in order to thrive, and conventional farmers and businesses use to decide whether or not to enter organic production. “Most of the ways information on…

UK: Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. “There has been speculation about how the UK will continue to trade organic goods with the…

Piet Buysman in favor of more nuanced story about PlanetProf

"Growing organic not always feasible"

Herb grower Piet Buysman, Andijk: “Retailers more often want Skal and PlanetProof certified products.” In his experience, organic growing is not always possible. “Moreover, it remains to be seen which brand offers the most environmental gain.” He pleads for a complete and nuanced story about On the Way…

Spain: Cybelion receives organic certification

Biostimulant Cybelion has received organic certification. Cybelion is an extract made from mycelial cellular membranes that stimulates plant growth, strengthens the crop, and enhances the yield and quality of the harvest. The certification body CAAE granted PlantResponse this certification after a meticulous evaluation, in accordance with the…


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