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CAN (ON): Greenhouse shut down after COVID-19 outbreak

Nature Fresh owner ordered to isolate employees, cease work 'until further direction'. A migrant worker advocate and the national representative of one of the country's…

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…

US: Production of five popular vegetables relies on foreign labor

In 2019, tomatoes for the fresh market, harvested by hand, were valued at $705 million, while sweet corn production, typically harvested by hand or machine, was valued at $652 million, and sweet potatoes, for which workers are required for machine operation and post-harvest handling, was valued at $588…

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

Asymptomatic employees with COVID-19 have final say when returning to work

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) urges caution when applying the new provincial guidance that allows employees to continue working after testing positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. It is vital the health and wellbeing of employees continue to be put first. While the new guidelines…

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"Fruit and vegetable sector stands with Ontario’s plan to protect agri-food employees"

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers welcome the ongoing efforts by government and health officials to support growers to protect the health of all agri-food employees. The announcement by the Ontario government to further support ongoing and expanded on-site testing, access to employment benefits and…

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US (FL): Urban farm donates fresh produce to the elderly

Urban farms on neighborhood street corners and rooftops have been a source for fresh produce during the coronavirus pandemic. For several months, food banks have seen long lines as people in Central Florida, and across the state, have struggled to pay their bills. Social distancing and stay-at-home…

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CAN (ON): Greenhouse sector embraces action plan to stop COVID-19 outbreaks

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) calls the announcement of a provincial action plan to stop COVID-19 outbreaks in Windsor-Essex in a critical next step in building a robust infection mitigation and management structure in the region. The announcement includes three measures: Ongoing and expanded…

Second spike of Covid cases in Beijing Xinfadi Market under control

Greenhouse produce ensures supply in Beijing

On June 11th, new cases of Covid-19 were traced to the Xinfadi Wholesale Market, the largest fruit and vegetable trading center in and around Beijing. In order to avoid further developments, the authorities took measures to close the market on June 14. To ensure the normal supply of vegetables and fruits…

Dundee community groups supporting vulnerable locals with vertically grown veg

Community groups across the Dundee area have been delivering fresh produce to local residents who have been most heavily impacted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The produce has been grown by IGS in Scotland’s first vertical farm based at the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie.  IGS grows purely for R&D…

Wageningen University & Research

Resilience of seed sectors in Africa and Asia at stake due to pandemic

Wageningen University & Research launched an important synthesis on effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the seed sector in four countries this week, informing stakeholders in other low and middle income countries facing similar challenges with insights and options to act. Rapid assessments give insight on…

Herbal bounty for impoverished communities

In an effort to bring sustenance and hope to poverty-stricken areas during the national lockdown, the troops of Break Time Buddies have harvested basil and celery crops and shared the bounty with the surrounding community. Break Time Buddies is a component of Nelson Mandela University’s INMED’s…

Intensive agriculture in Almeria has been applying safety protocols for years

"The post-COVID-19 era won't affect much the greenhouses' daily routine"

More than three months after Spain declared a state of alarm, the country is adapting to the new normal. This transition won't be very hard for the intensive agriculture sector, which has been implementing standardized hygiene measures and safety protocols for years. “There is no doubt that we are better…

Infection control in Norwegian production

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus there are extra stringent requirements for infection control among employees and in the general population in Norway.  In a new guide, the authorities provide advice and information on good infection control for Norwegian producers of fruits, berries, vegetables…

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CAN (ON): COVID-19 testing encouraged for all agri-food employees

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers continue to work closely with the Ontario government and health authorities to protect all essential, front-line, agri-food employees on Ontario farms during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of these efforts, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA)…

Wider vision on urban agriculture due to COVID-19 lockdowns

The COVID-19 emergency has revealed the extreme fragility of large cities to unexpected complex global risks and crises. City lockdown has led to increasing awareness of the…

Fresh grapes of every color are natural source of these compounds

New study links dietary flavonols with reduced risk of Alzheimer dementia

A new study, published in the scientific journal Neurology found that a higher intake of plant compounds known as flavonols, is associated with a 48% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer dementia. Flavonols are a type of bioactive compound found in grapes, as well as other fruits and vegetables.…

Black Cat Farm

Farmers delivering veggies from a fleet of ice-cream trucks

When the coronavirus pandemic escalated in early March and Colorado’s governor ordered all restaurants to end on-site dining, Eric Skokan prepared to watch his life’s work slip away. Instead, he’s delivering carrots and arugula to his neighbors like a vegetable-slinging ice-cream-truck driver. Skokan and…

CAN (ON): Government invests $15 million in agri-food workers' health and safety

The Government of Ontario is taking additional steps to better protect workers in the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is significantly expanding…

"Horticulture in New Zealand can support the country post-COVID"

Horticulture New Zealand says the findings of a Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) survey of the horticulture sector confirm that horticulture can fully support New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery.  "The BNZ’s survey found that horticulture has higher levels of optimism about the future – 71% of the sector were optimistic…

US (NY): Farms collaborate to advance "superfoods" research

Three high-antioxidant, high-economic value "superfruits" - juneberry, honeyberry, and aronia berry - are the focus of research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP). These fruit crops represent significant income potential from fresh market and value-added sales in…

KPU Farm School gives fresh produce to Indigenous and refugee families

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is giving food boxes during the COVID-19 pandemic to help two Metro Vancouver…

Health of farm workers critical to domestic food security

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers continue to work closely with the Ontario government and health authorities to protect all essential agricultural workers on Ontario…

HACCP certified hygiene systems for UK growers

UK growers have never been more aware of the need for strict hygiene protocols for staff, tools and equipment. Increasingly growers are looking for new ways to establish and improve hygiene systems, because if a crop becomes infected by a virus, the crop usually has to be destroyed, therefore disease…

"Covid recovery is a partnership"

New Zealand is getting back to the business of making money with Covid Alert Level One seeing the re-opening of what was closed or restricted during Covid Alert Levels 4 and 3. By Mike Chapman, Chief Executive HortNZ What we are missing is the huge part that tourism contributes to our economy. This means…

Viruses in irrigation water

The conversation and discussion on the topic of viruses has now become more pertinent than ever, not only in human health, but also in the vegetable cultivation sector. Diseases caused by the Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) has been plaguing the Dutch cucumber cultivation sector for years and it also seems like the…

CAN (ON): Infectious disease emergency leave for workers extended

The Ontario government is taking steps to help ensure that as the economy gradually and safely reopens workers will have jobs to return to and businesses will be protected…

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted California food, agriculture and environment?

COVID-19 continues to affect parts of California agriculture in different ways. A new report from agricultural economists at the University of California examines the current and long-term impacts on California's leading agricultural industries. Profiles in the report illustrate the different ways the pandemic…

CAN (ON): COVID-19 cases related to farm operation outbreak

In Middlesex, Ontario, new COVID-19 cases were reported. In St. Thomas, 11 people have gotten sick since the outbreak on a farm. In Kingsville, a temporary foreign worker has died last Saturday, also from the Corona virus.  St. ThomasThe 11 new cases are linked to the outbreak in a farm operation. 11 people…

Hygiene station for preventing diseases in the greenhouse

The Steenks Service hygiene station is indispensable for horticultural companies and companies where strict hygiene standards are applied. Optimal hygiene with disinfection gateWith a hygiene station, hygiene is lifted to a higher level. Diseases and bacteria can be easily brought in by employees and…

UnitedAg announces 2020 Ambassador Award Recipients

UnitedAg announces the Ambassador Award Recipients, and the embodiment of what it means to be an ambassador. UnitedAg's ambassador campaign is designed to foster community within its member companies as well as offer employees the opportunity to take a proactive role in their healthcare system. The…

Greenhouse equipment that can help prevent challenges in future crises

Mariska Dreschler with GreenTech and Mads Ulrik Pedersen with Aurora Nordic A/S, have discussed how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the greenhouse sector, and what valuable lessons have been learned. Topics of the discussion were:  How is the greenhouse business in Scandinavia affected? How is Aurora Nordik…

CMW represents Elpress in UK horticulture

"Everyone is now very aware of how quickly diseases can spread"

Dutch hygiene equipment specialist Elpress has granted sales rights to CMW for the UK horticulture sector. Elpress has been an innovator in hygiene equipment for more than thirty years. Their experience in the healthcare, dairy, meat and food processing industries with equipment designed and manufactured…

EU to impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans

The European Union will impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans starting May 26, tightening its checks on residue levels, raising the price and threatening access if the…

Videos for seasonal workers harvesting strawberries and rhubarb

The season for harvesting strawberries and rhubarb is beginning – but there is still a shortage of seasonal workers due to the coronavirus crisis. Skilled helpers are in short supply. After its first training videos for harvesting asparagus, GLOBALG.A.P. has now produced videos for harvesting other…

Is COVID-19 changing our relationship with food?

How have our eating, cooking and food purchasing habits changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown measures in the UK, Europe and much of the world? Researchers at the James Hutton Institute are part of an EU consortium which has launched an international study to answer these…

Signs of hope for Corona pandemic

While the news is dominated by negative stories about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it's important to remember that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Here are five signs of hope to show that even during an unprecedented global pandemic, positive things are happening too. The need for…

Texas specialty crop sector hit hard by COVID-19

The specialty crop sector in Texas — consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables — has been one of the hardest hit sectors of agriculture due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to agricultural economists, industry groups and agricultural producers.    “Most fruits and vegetables are consumed when fresh and are…

Sicural develops quick Covid-19 test for surfaces and processing lines

Sicural has developed a molecular biology test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid-19) for environmental samples. These tests are important to detect the presence of the virus on work surfaces in order to monitor and assess the effectiveness of sanitation processes. Companies can…

Harvest 2020: Mobilizing people to become growers

Harvest 2020 is a new PHS program focused on addressing growing hunger and food insecurity in the Philadelphia region. The team with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society asks the community to dig in and plant more food crops this year with extra to share. "Our goal is to mobilize 100,000 people to grow and…

Unifortes launch

New hand foam dispenser makes it possible to save 70% on sanitizer

As our economy and society are able to look forward again, Unifortes seeks new safety measures to provide a clean future. "We wanted a long lasting solution that would be able to accommodate more than the regular, yet easier in its usage. With this formula will earn itself back in the long run, by saving…

Mike Chapman, HortNZ:

"Growing our way out of COVID in the recovery's third wave – growing healthy food"

I am proposing that there is a third wave to New Zealand's COVID recovery plan. The first wave focused on the health of people. The second wave is focusing on the economy,…

Coronavirus research in plants

When Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) was asked to help produce critically needed reagents (coronavirus proteins) for COVID-19 research, the Lab’s plant biologists came up with a plan: Let’s produce the requested proteins cheaply, quickly, and in large quantities, in tobacco and duckweed. A tobacco leaf making coronavirus…

Young Syrian man develops agriculture project on rooftop by using hydroponics system

Abdul-Rahman al-Masri, a 23-year-old Syrian man, climbs seven floors every day to his rooftop to see the vegetables which he planted by using the hydroponics system. The young man, who is in his final year in the civil engineering faculty, has been searching for a project to help him make a living…

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Europe: Women on average eat more fruit and vegetables than men

In Europe, women on average eat more fruit and vegetables than men. This is shown by research carried out by the Norwegian University of Agder. It also appears that people with a higher level of education do that more than people with a lower level of education. The research results were published on…

Tornado near greenhouses in Belgian border region provides bizarre images

‘Good grief. A tornado’, weather woman Helga van Leur, among others, tweeted Sunday afternoon when she saw images of the whirlwind near a greenhouse in the vicinity of Meer. Fortunately, as far as is known, it was limited to striking images, because damage reports were not submitted here. Probably…

Ted Duijvestijn is already looking ahead, despite the corona crisis:

"Financial support is not going to help in the long run, but working now on the future is"

Growers are currently living day by day to keep their heads above water in the corona crisis, but this is also the time to start looking ahead as an entrepreneur and to think in terms of opportunities. That may not be easy, but it is very necessary, argues tomato grower Ted Duijvestijn. "Acute financial…

SFPA urges higher priority for COVID-19 tests for food and agriculture workers

The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, to urge that food and agriculture workers, as…

US (NY): Health officials satisfied following walk-through at greenhouse

Madison County Health Department has again performed a walk-through of the Green Empire Farms in Oneida. After two days of large scale targeted testing, it was found that 87…

Climate-smart agriculture in the Northeast of Brazil

The purpose of a recent study is to determine if aquaponic systems can reduce food insecurity in the semi-arid regions of Brazil and generate income for the beneficiaries. Aquaponics is a potentially sustainable way to produce food based on gardening, hydroponics and aquaculture. A case study, based on a…

The hungry gap, seasonality and controlled environment agriculture

Many people think of spring as a time of plenty. It evokes images of bountiful cornucopias brimming with crops. However, food growers know this is far from the truth. In reality, UK grown fresh produce is especially thin on the ground this time of year. In spring, farmers’ stores of winter veg will be…

Letter sent to congressional leadership

US specialty crop industry highlights COVID-19 employee safety protocols

A national coalition of 64 organizations representing specialty crop producers sent a letter to congressional leadership earlier this week highlighting the extraordinary…

Urban farming: nurturing wellness in uncertain times

The Good Greens + Co team shared what vertical farming is all about through live webinar last May 3, 2020 at 4pm. This was made possible by Baby Mama. Good Greens + Co president, Simon Villalon, shared the what vertical farming brings and why people are doing it. He shared the value of the companies…

I Dream of Fish

Boy who dreams of fish turns passion into project to feed the hungry

When Miles Lin was 3, his grandfather started teaching him how to fish. By the time he turned 9, fishing had become his passion. “Almost every night, I would dream about fishing, and the fish I would catch,” says Lin, now 15. “When my parents told me not to waste food because there are people in the…

Ontario greenhouse grower protects employees with SHIELD Program

Mastronardi Produce is addressing the next milestone as it adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic with the creation of the SUNSET® SHIELD program to help protect its employees. In…

New reports ToBRFV in UK greenhouses

Both in the UK as in Greece new ToBRFV have been found. The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus is not dangerous for humans, but can cause serious damage to tomato crops. The…

CAN (ON): Alliance-funded fruit and vegetable technology adapted to sanitize N95 masks amid COVID-19 pandemic

Prof. Keith Warriner is a food scientist, but when he heard about the shortage of N95 masks for front-line health-care workers battling COVID-19, he saw an opportunity to contribute. Warriner and several collaborators have adapted technology that uses UV light, hydrogen peroxide and ozone to…

Food scientist Hang Xiao - University of Massachusetts Amherst Photo by Ylanite Koppens

Strawberries studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist Hang Xiao has received a new federal grant to expand his research into the health benefits of certain fruits and vegetables;…


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