Organic

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…

How does a Virginia herb company grow? By moving nature indoors

Tim Heydon is no Warren Buffett. But he had his one golden insight when he and his business school team from James Madison University tackled a project called Shenandoah Growers in the 1990s. Heydon saw a $1 million Virginia farm growing herbs — as demand for fresh organic produce was exploding. He saw a…

Shaping the future of organic breeding & farming

"What do bean, broccoli and tomatoes have in common?"

BRESOV , a sister project of Liveseed focusing on breeding for resilient, efficient and sustainable organic vegetable production, has recently published a Position Paper “What…

US: Efficacy of biochemical biopesticides that may be used in organic farming

This article summarizes publicly available data on efficacy of commercially available, EPA-registered biochemical biopesticides for plant disease control. For a more detailed introduction see the related eOrganic article Biopesticides for Plant Disease Management in Organic Farming . At the time of…

Johannes Bliestle, Reichenau Gemüse eG:

"One third of our total turnover is already generated through organic vegetables"

Reichenau-Gemüse eG is one of the leading producer organizations in Germany when it comes to organic products. Germany's southernmost growing region supplied consumers in the south with 4.2 million kilograms of high-quality organic vegetables in 2018. "One third of Reichenau-Gemüse eG's total sales is…

Edeka planning organic markets

Germany's largest food retailer, Edeka, is planning its own organic markets. What is being discussed are shop-in-shops in large Edeka stores, but also separate stores under the "Naturkind" brand,…

Belgium: first organic mini plum tomatoes of 2019 sold

BelOrta recently sold the first organic mini plum tomato of the new season. From now until the end of November, these tomatoes will be available at BelOrta's organic department. They were provided by Vitaetom and bought by Biofresh. Koen Van Hauteghem (Vitaetom) & Ivan Moerman (Biofresh) Popularity…

European Court of Auditors:

“Origin of organic agricultural products often still untraceable”

A lot of organic products sold in the European Union can’t be traced back to their producer. Sometimes it takes more than three months to trace them, according to a study conducted by the European Court of Auditors. The study is a supplement to a study from 2012. The Court of Auditors assessed whether…

Organic nursery Aldo van Os becomes Organic nursery Vahl

Aldo van Os stops as a grower and is going to coach (organic) growers

At the beginning of February it appeared as a simple, short announcement on the website of real estate agent Vollebregt-Barten: "Sold: organic greenhouse horticulture company in IJsselmuiden". However, there is a whole story behind that statement. Aldo van Os, because that is of course the grower linked…

UK: New support service launched to help farmers considering organic

A support service has been launched to provide free advice and technical guidance to organic farmers and those considering organic conversion. The Organic Advice, Support and Information Service (OASIS) has been developed collaboratively by independent farm consultancy Abacus Agriculture and OF&G…

Bejo and Bioland confirm closer cooperation

Germany association for organic agriculture, Bioland e.V., and vegetable seed breeder Bejo signed an outline cooperation agreement at ‘Biofach’ in Nuremberg on 14.02.2019. The agreement’s defined aim is to ‘jointly shape the future of organic plant breeding’. The cooperation extends from collaboration on…

European organic market doubles in size in a decade

Over the past decade, the EU's organic market has doubled in size. In 2017, its total value reached 34,300 million Euro (37% of the world's organic market, whose total value amounts to 92,000 million Euro). As revealed by a market report on organic farming in the EU, the presence of organic food varies…

Marc Laberge pleaing for including all plants in organic rules

"Do organic farmers using soil have a right to exclude aquaponic farmers?"

If there's one thing the soil-growing and out-of-soil producers can agree on, is that the debate around the organic & soil production is upsetting. If there's two, it's that hydro- and aquaponics should not be entering the organic world via a back door. But how should it be? In- or excluded? With one…

Peter Klein, Biota Nutrients:

"Organic fertilizer becomes license to produce"

Producers should switch to organic fertilizers of their own accord rather than waiting for it to be imposed by the market, according to Peter Klein, director and owner of Biota Nutrients BV. This way growers can invest in a sustainable future in a timely manner, so that their products remain interesting…

Organic supplier SunFresh Produce obtains B-Corp accreditation

Dedicated organic fresh produce specialist SunFresh Produce Ltd celebrates the confirmation of its status as a B-Corp business. This makes the Lincolnshire-based company the…

US: Millennials and Hispanic people drive organic produce growth

True, organic products have been available for decades, but they're more accessible than they've ever been the past few years. As their popularity continues to steadily grow, organics are no longer a fad but an "age-old growth driver that's here to stay," said an end-of-year 2018 Nielsen organics report.…

20,000 tons of peppers, tomatoes, watermelons and melons, among other products, are expected

Spanish firm Verfruber invests 58 million in organic production

Vefruber, based in Berja, Spain, has made a qualitative and quantitative leap forward. The company, which markets high-quality fruit and vegetables, markets its products under the brands Lucrecia (for standard products) and Peralta (for premium products). The firm, run by Juan Enciso Callejón, has…

Canada: 'World's largest indoor organic hemp CBD grower' setting up in Manitoba

Botanist Organic Growers announced its purchase of Pineland Forest Nursery from the Province of Manitoba, which the company will convert this spring to become what they claim is the largest indoor organic hemp cannabidiol (CBD) producer in the world. The property covers more than 300 acres in the RM of…

The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

9% organic share in the food retail trade

Austria: Organic boom continues

Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products. The highest percentage is recorded with regard to eggs. An average of 148 euros a year is spent on organic fresh produce.…

PlantResponse joins US Biostimulant Coalition

PlantResponse, with US headquarters in Raleigh, NC, has joined the US Biostimulant Coalition, the organization representing the interests of the North American biostimulant…

Edible biomaterial coating for fresh produce to reduce food waste

As the globalization of the produce industry increases the complexity of industry issues, Washington DC-based Village Capital ran a Food and Agricultural program late last year to identify and support start-ups with ideas on how to solve some of these issues. 12 companies were selected to participate in…

Phosphonic acid in organic crops

Sicural, a laboratory authorized by the Ministry for Agricultural Policy for the analysis of samples taken during checks on organic crops, is currently performing analyses on phosphonic acid, produced by Fosetyl aluminium degradation. This is because of technical regulation RT 16Accredia, which entered into force a few weeks…


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