Organic

Philippines: Tools for improved plant growth production for organic farming

Aligned with the goal of sustaining the country’s biodiversity, an event in Valencia City, Bukidnon (Philippines) was held to promote the use of chemical-free and organic tools to improve plant growth production. Titled, Biofertilizer and Biopesticide Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and…

Delivering organic seeds for varying climates and legislation

Bejo Seeds Inc. has a robust network of organic dealers. In 2019 there are 25 dealers purchasing organic seed. These dealers cover the US and Canada with a geography of 18 million square kilometers, 6 time zones, and a 50 degree swing in latitudes from 25 up to 75 degrees, with countless biomes in…

Cleaning glass with AR coating 100% organically

AG-clean+ from Agrona is a cleaning product for cleaning glass with and without AR coating. The cleaning product is organic, composed of natural plant extracts. It is suitable…

US: Hearing highlights challenges and opportunities for organic producers

The Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on October 30, 2019 to review the state of organic agriculture from the perspective of the producers. This is the Subcommittee’s second hearing on organic agriculture this year; the first convened…

US: Court battle to defend organic standards advanced

The Organic Trade Association on Thursday asked the U.S. District Court to rule in its favor on its organic livestock welfare lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its motion for summary judgment, the trade association stated that USDA acted in an unlawful, arbitrary and capricious way…

growers show destiny of plastic residues in Almería, Spain

"Dramatic images were result of floods, not bad plastic management"

Last week, France 24 broadcast a reportage concerning the ecological horticulture in Almería, Spain. The final conclusion was that this greenhouse horticulture is far from sustainable, since the generated plastic residues end up in the environment. The organisation of produce companies APROA has…

UK: Garden Organic lobbies to make voluntary peat reduction targets mandatory

Garden Organic have launched a new campaign which aims to end the use of peat in horticulture. To date over 95% of the UK’s peat bogs have been degraded or lost. This wipes out ecosystems - including wild areas that are home to plants, birds and insects, and also increases carbon emissions. As part of…

Jan van der Blom, Coexphal, shows industry

Growing organic industry Almeria in spotlight

In just a few years, Spain has become the undisputed leader of organic farming in Europe. The Almeria province is the heart of the continent’s intensive agriculture and has seen the proportion of organic farming explode over the last decade from 1.4 percent to 10.3 percent. The television program Down to…

OF&G report redefines productivity and efficiency of UK farming systems

Organic Farmers & Growers have launched a new report which puts forward a new approach to the way that productivity and efficiency on UK farm businesses is assessed. The proposed model aims to build a more resilient and sustainable system of food production that takes into account the impact of farming…

"Breeding of organic varieties is driven by market needs"

The organic vegetable market continues to show robust growth worldwide. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is responding to that growth with new disease-resistant varieties that offer harvest reliability. Lettuce breeder Johan Schut: “We listen closely to the entire fresh produce chain’s needs, and…

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…


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