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Organic

Gladstone Land acquires Washington organic farm for $9.5M

Gladstone Land Corporation has announced that it has acquired a 746-acre organic farm in Walla Walla, Washington for $9.5 million. Upon acquisition, Gladstone Land assumed a lease with a remaining term of six years with a leading farming operation that currently grows apples, wine grapes, and cherries on the.....

Liquidseal, packaging products approved for organic fruit

Liquidseal has announced that their packaging products have been approved for use with organic fruit by Kiwa. The company explained the process and the future applications in a release:"Recently, we asked Kiwa to check if our products, documentation, and production are compliant with the legislations for.....

Spain: "It's totally possible to work with fewer chemicals and more natural products"

Small companies are betting on change and on the transition from traditional crops to organic crops. "It is not easy, it takes time and effort, but it is totally possible," explains José Antonio Arenas, of Señorío de la Vega. Consumers are also increasingly perceiving the difference and demanding more organic.....

Spain: Organic potatoes, an alternative for diversification in Navarre

The cultivation of organic potatoes to obtain certified reproductive material (seed potatoes) is an alternative for diversification in the Navarrese Pyrenean valleys.This is one of the conclusions presented at a conference held this week at the Erremendia experimental farm, owned by INTIA (Navarre Institute of.....

US organic fruit sales rise past 12%

Organic fresh produce in the US accounted for $1.25 billion dollars in sales at the end of the second quarter 2017, an 8% increase in dollars and a 10% rise in volume from the previous year, according to the Organic Produce Network (OPN).Overall, from the previous 12-month period, sales of organic fruit were.....

Germany: Consumers are spending more on organic products

The share of money spent on products from organic production compared to the overall amount of money spent has almost doubled in the last ten years.This is the result of a calculation by the market researchers at GfK, which was published on Monday. In 2007, 2.9% of all expenses were spent on organic products,.....

UK consumers call for more organic produce and support for farmers

According to new research, consumers want more organic food on supermarket shelves, more choice of organic produce in their local area, and want to show their support for organic farmers when buying food.The UK’s appetite for organic is growing, with demand higher than ever. People are making an emotional.....

FrischeSeminar on October 12th in Bonn

Germany: Safe import of organic goods from thrid countries with TRACES

Imports from third countries - whether of organic or conventional goods - are always a challenge for the fruit trade. New requirements for quality assurance will be in place from mid October 2017, when the electronic EU-system TRACES will have to be used for organic goods. TRACES is short for "Trade Control.....

Germany: Organic bananas meet the criteria of Demeter e.V.

"We are supporting direct cooperations with the producers - not only regionally in Germany," this is the motto Thorsten Heil follows. The manager of procurement for fruit and vegetables is happy to go one step further with the tegut… fairbindet bananas from the Dominican Republic. The challenge is to achieve a.....

France: “Exorbitant” margins on organic fruit and vegetables by large retailers

Sales of organically farmed produce have multiplied by 3.5 (in turnover) in the last ten years. Whilst supermarkets and hypermarkets are constantly increasing their organic share of produce, they sell 35 times less organic fruit and vegetables than non organic (in volume).According to UFC-Que Choisir, organic.....

Organic is moving to the mainstream

Consumer demand for organic food is increasing globally and is worth in excess of €75bn, with all the main markets growing in double digits.Just last week Sweden released figures showing that demand for organic food increased by more than 40pc in 2016, and this is an important market for Irish organic.....

Organics Unlimited to celebrate GROW month in September

GROW Month, a 30-day observation led by San Diego-based organic banana grower and importer Organics Unlimited, begins on September 1. The GROW month initiative focuses on partnering with retailers and media to create consumer awareness of GROW’s social responsibility programs which promote sustainability,.....

Antonio Ruiz, of Murgiverde: "The Netherlands wants hydroponic crops to be accredited as organic"

The Netherlands confirms that Spanish organic production is illicit

The quick expansion of the ​​greenhouse acreage planted with organic vegetables in Spain has led to criticism from the Netherlands, where they confirm that Spain has more than 1,000 hectares of organic greenhouses built on plots where producers have used soil from other places.The Dutch agriculture.....

Niti Ayog CEO:

"Organic farming in India has huge potential"

India has a huge potential for the consumption of organic products and attempts should be made by progressive farmers to promote it, said NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday.“Some should become great organic farmers. India needs a couple of success stories. If farmers get better unit realisation value,.....

Panalpina Luxembourg gets licence to handle organic produce

Panalpina’s hub at Luxembourg Airport (LUX) has been officially licenced by Certysis to handle organic fruits and vegetables. This makes Panalpina the first and only licenced receiver of organic produce at LUX, one of Europe's busiest airports by cargo tonnage, and shows the company’s commitment to developing.....

Chinese consumers increasingly seek organic

As the Chinese pay more attention to food safety, customized farm produce, grown without using pesticides or fertilizers, is attracting growing interest from well-off urban consumers, especially the young.The Internet is assisting supply-side reform in agriculture. Customers can rent a piece of land online and.....

Karina Diago, buyer at Naturelle, about this sector's challenges:

"In 10 years, organic will be the new normal"

Much has changed in the fruit and vegetable sector over the last decade. "Almost nothing is certain anymore. The climate changes every year, which affects the various fruits' production. Earlier you could generally plan a year ahead and could be sure the production would be there. Now, the seasons are no.....

Styria: New taste experiences

Austria: Ice cream with pumpkin seed oil is a Summer hit

Local producers of pumpkin seed oil have come up with something special: This summer they are visiting all the state capitals and the federal capital - and they are bringing extraordinary ice cream flavors with them, like pumpkin seed, Hirschbirne or organic apple. "This way we are surprising all gourmets with.....

September 17-19, Gainesville

US (FL): Florida Organic Growers food & farming summit

This inaugural event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics, and researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. The agenda includes a food safety grower training course and a workshop on resources for.....

20 Years of BioTropic - Organic for one World

It's BioTropic's birthday: 20 years ago, the first sea container arrived in Duisburg - filled to the brim with organic bananas from the Dominican Republic.Shortly after, bio fruits and veggies from all over the world followed. Apples, avocados, mangoes, lemons and many others. The supply of organic fruits from.....

Health interest points to record growth in Organic September

The organic market has continued to grow in the first half of 2017, driven significantly by increased consumer interest in nutrition and a desire for traceability in food sourcing. Some of the biggest areas of growth include fruit (+12.6%), tomatoes (+13.1%) and salad (+7.9%). Bananas, meanwhile, have had the.....