Organic

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…

Tim Durham, Plant M.D.:

US (NY): Do hydroponics dilute the organic label?

An ongoing debate: Is it ok for hydroponic grown vegetables to be classified as organic or not? Tim Durham, lettuce grower with 30 years of experience, shares his insights. After growing in the open field at the family farm he also grew lettuce hydroponically. "On the family farm, my retail and wholesale…

U.S. organic sales broke through $50 billion mark in 2018

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released Friday by the Organic Trade Association. New records were made in both the…

China's organic community gets new organic online addresses

Organic and.bio domain names are now licensed for use in China. Afilias, the registry operator behind the internet addresses ending in .organic and .bio, announced at Biofach China that both addresses have been approved by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for sale in…

New Defra data shows growth in UK organic producers in spite of uncertainty

Organic farming statistics for 2018 released by Defra (16 May 2019) show an increase in organic producers, indicating opportunity in the sector. While the number of organic processors has declined, bucking the trend seen over the previous five years, the number of organic producers has increased.…

OMRI welcomes new board members

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) recently welcomed Matt Landi of Awe Sum Organics and Beth Unger of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley to the organization’s Board of Directors. Matt and Beth will both fill seats designated for organic processors / handlers, to round out OMRI’s diverse and representative board. The…

UAE: Number of organic farms grows 53% in 6 months

According to data from the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), the number of organic farms in the UAE risen 53 percent over the last six months. According to the same data, the number of products has also grown, up 89% from 1,240 in the last quarter of 2018 to 2,356 in the first…

US (CA): Organic specialist joins UC Cooperative Extension

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide program focused on the organic production of strawberries…

Belgium: Ecolo wants 0% VAT on organic products

The political party Ecolo is on the rise as the elections approach. According to the latest surveys, it is the largest party in Brussels and the second largest in Wallonia.…

US: National Organic Program launches Organic Integrity Learning Center

USDA National Organic Program has launched an online Organic Integrity Learning Center that provides free training for organic professionals. Initial courses offerings include the following: Introduction to the USDA Organic System; Sound and Sensible Organic Certification; Fundamentals of Inspection;…

Competition for Alnatura and Bio Company

Edeka opens its own organic supermarket chain

Food retailer Edeka is expanding its business: in addition to its own drugstores, organic supermarkets will also attract customers in the future. Under the name "Naturkind", a…

Elmar Gimperlein: Demand for organic cress is booming in winter and spring

"Between Christmas and Pentecost, our sales go up to 120%"

Locally cultivated organic cress is now available all year round at the Bio-Maintalkresse company. At the moment, however, a lot of effort is put on the greenhouse system of the Gimperlein grower family. In winter and spring, their organic vegetables are seeing an increasing demand, particularly when it…

US: Organic Trade Association export promotion programs making new gains

The Organic Trade Association’s export promotion program closed the first quarter of 2019 with a flourish, and is beginning the second quarter in an equally robust way. “The Organic Trade Association has been opening up new markets for U.S. organic products for nearly 20 years through our participation…

U.S. growers are harvesting an increasing amount of organic tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes have remained a staple in American kitchens even as consumer tastes and preferences evolve. For example, producers have responded to consumer demand for more organic produce by cultivating more organic tomatoes. From 2008 to 2011, consumer price sensitivity coupled with the higher price of…

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: SR1.6 million allocated for farmers to go organic

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has stated that in the past eight months, it allocated SR1,617,831 ($431,000) to 165 farmers as part of its plan…

The vegan market is in full growth

Whether it is because of a real awareness or a passing trend, vegetarian and vegan diets are booming. Startups and manufacturers do not intend to miss the movement. From…

Aldo van Os, The Conscious Farmer:

"Organic cultivation revolves around a balanced interaction between people and the earth"

The idea of becoming a coach for organic growers to make a leap in quality and return on investment and to help conventional growers switch over, has been with Aldo van Os for…

French consider banning organic label for heated greenhouse product

The debate about whether organic greenhouse vegetables have to be grown in the soil or whether they can also be grown hydroponically has been going on for decades. The French are bringing something new to the table. Two French pressure groups want it to become impossible to grow organic in a heated…

CAN (AB): Organic legislation comes into effect

On April 1st, 2019, the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act will come into effect. Along with the establishment of the Local Food Council, and Local Food Week, the…


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