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Model study shows that some US metro areas could feed themselves

A modeling study by Tufts University, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that some but not all US metro areas could grow all the food they need within 155 miles. The study considered 378 metropolitan areas across the country, and found that metro centers in the Northwest and interior…

September 17 and September 30

Webinar on implementing COVID-19 safety measures on farms

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering a webinar session for growers feeling overwhelmed or simply frustrated trying to get clear, practical information about COVID-19 practices for their farm business. Speakers from WSPS, WSIB and the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills…

US (CA): Ten things being done to ensure leafy greens safety this fall

In a year of unparalleled tragedies stemming from the pandemic to California wildfires, lettuce farmers in California and Arizona are taking action to prevent foodborne…

Greenhouse, outdoor, or indoor: Which kale is healthiest?

Urban populations have plenty of access to calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. In order to move to a healthier diet, however, they need access to vegetables and other micronutrient-dense foods, according to Danish economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen, who says it's time to take vertical indoor farming…

US (CA): Ag and farm worker organisations team with state to distribute face masks

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) and California Farmworker Foundation (CFF) are pleased to announce they have distributed over 50,000 N-95 masks and single-use…

23 and 24 September; registration now open

Hackathon for developing technological solutions to COVID-19 related problems

Registration is now open for an agri-tech hackathon aimed at developing technological solutions to problems posed by Covid-19. David Telford, Head of AgriFood and Lucy Mather, our expert in Livestock & Aquaculture, will sit on the judging panel which will decide which solutions will receive a year of…

Scottish vegetable growers prevented from using unlicensed labour

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has stopped a Scottish vegetable growing business from using workers provided to them by an unlicensed recruitment agency. A…

"This isn't because of chance, we have acted effectively"

Spain believes spread of coronavirus among seasonal workers is under control

The president of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has said during a press conference held after a Council of Ministers that he believes that the spreading of the coronavirus between seasonal workers in the agricultural sector is under control; an achievement that he has attributed to the…

Norway: Infection control in production of various fruits and vegetables

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease Covid-19, there are extra stringent requirements for infection control among employees…

Preparing for the crop rotation

An important and busy period will soon start again for growers; the crop rotation. Crop rotation is necessary and very important to prevent diseases and pests, and to ensure that the nutrients are present in the soil. During the crop rotation, old plants are removed from greenhouses, and greenhouses are disinfected and…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse growers support calls for independent body to receive workplace complaints

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are publicly supporting calls to create an independent body to receive and address workplace complaints from agri-food employees.…

6 tips for good hygiene in the greenhouse horticulture

With constantly emerging viruses, pests and diseases in the greenhouse horticulture, hygiene in the greenhouse is an important and much-discussed topic. Clean hands, clean machines and clean water ensure a clean greenhouse, and therefore also clean crops. Steenks Service provides some tips for hygienic…

The coronavirus puts Latino farmworkers in the US at risk

The expansion of the coronavirus in the US is strongly affecting the farmworker's safety in the country. The workers, mostly Latino, live in closed quarters, sleep in bunk beds, and share bathrooms and kitchens. They travel to the fields in crowded buses and often work in groups. Even though farm…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

UK: COVID-19 outbreak at Evesham food packaging firm

Hundreds of workers at afood packaging site are to be tested for Covid-19 after 14 staff tested positive. Evesham Vale Growers Limited in Worcestershire is being supported by…

Liesbeth Everaert

Watching plant evolution on historical paintings

The plants we eat often look very different from their wild ancestors. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, Prof. Ive De Smet (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) and Dr. David Vergauwen (Amarant) explore how we can use historical paintings to trace the genetic changes in our plant foods. They…

access and concerns during pandemic

ISFS food survey for Canadians

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Canadians food access and behaviour? That’s the question the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is asking in a new…

UK: 73 COVID-19 cases found on farm

In Herefordshire, 73 cases of COVID-19 were found on a farm. The management is working with Public Health England (PHE) to support the people who have fallen ill.  Around 200 key…

OFVGA

Growers send a message to Ontarians

Ontarian fruit and vegetable growers have, in partnership with OFVGA, written a letter to all Ontarians. You can read the letter below the picture. COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. And although Canada continues down the path of re-opening, the pandemic remains anever-present threat to our health, our…

CAN (ON): Fruit and vegetable growers working to keep farm workers safe

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers are devastated by the recentdeaths of three Ontario farm workers from COVID-19 and are very concerned about the recent outbreaks that…

CAN (BC): Updated order regarding industrial work camps

With the province beginning to reopen, the BC Provincial Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order relating to Industrial Work Camps and workers within the…

Face masks from eggplant peels

A Jordan chef uses eggplant peels to create face masks. Together with a designer, they make the masks from salted, cooked, dried peels. Would you like to wear this sustainable protection? 

Greenhouse builder provides employees with reusable water bottles

CambridgeHOK has taken a significant step towards cutting the use of single use plastics across the business by buying every employee a reusable insulated water bottle as part of a wider environmental plan for 2020. The move has been spearheaded by the firm’s Business Development Manager for Energy,…

Food security and climate change post-COVID

‘Food security & Climate change post-COVID-19’ was the title of a webinar held by Euractiv. Here, European commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski held a keynote…


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