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US (NJ): Organic certification class offered for farmers
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), a nonprofit that supports organic food and farming in New Jersey, is offering farmers a sneak peek into the organic certification process through a three-session course called Road to Certification.This course will be held at Pinelands.....
Ukraine to export organic vegetables
Ukraine has great opportunities to become a reliable exporter of organic vegetables into Europe, - has announced the chairman of Agricultural Union in Ukraine Ivan Tomich. The main vegetable growers in Ukraine are individual farms: they grow 98% of potatoes, 89% of vegetables, 97% of fruit. State farms.....
Government to unveil scheme for organic farming
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi having shown his penchant for organic farming, the ministry of agriculture will soon unveil a scheme to rope in about 5 million farmers in 100,000 villages. The government is chalking out details for convergence of the Rs 5 billion “Gokul” mission (cow-hostel) and organic.....
AU: Organic farmer Steve Marsh faces $800,000 in costs
A West Australian organic farmer, who sought to sue his neighbour for $85,000 for allegedly contaminating his property with genetically modified canola, could now have to pay $800,000 in court costs.In June, the Supreme Court rejected Kojonup farmer Steve Marsh's compensation case against his former.....
European debate on the social impact of organic agriculture
Valor Ecológico-CAAE (ECOVALIA) is one of the organisers of the meeting to be held on 18 and 19 September at Hotel AR Almerimar in El Ejido, which will bring together experts from the producing, manufacturing and marketing sectors with the goal of studying the implementation of social standards for organic.....
Organic farming gaining popularity in Saudi Arabia
Last week, Saudi Agriculture 2014, the 33rd international agriculture, water, and agro-industry trade show, took place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Riyadh.Organic farming was one of the topics addressed at the exhibition. Under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, the.....
Organic food growing popular in Hong Kong thanks to food safety scare
A relentless run of food scandals across the border — from rotten meat in fast-food to dead pigs floating in rivers, recycled “gutter oil”, and heavy pesticide use — has made people rethink the way they shop.“When food safety in mainland China or even other places is not that good, then Hong Kong people will.....
AU: Rudd to help trade with China
Known variously as columnist, author, lawyer and PR consultant, Jessica Rudd is also a passionate supporter of the organic industry and she's on a mission to use her knowledge of China to help move organic products into that market.Jessica has spent the past five years living in Beijing and was often.....
Oregon marking organic harvest month
September is Organic Harvest Month. Here in Oregon, organic agriculture was once considered to be a fringe sector of the industry with a narrowly-focused market base. Gary Roth with the state Department of Agriculture said that is no longer the case.“Organic agriculture has found a way to appeal to people.....
India: Organic food a big hit this Onam
As people are becoming more aware of the bad effects of chemical fertilizers and the use of pesticides, the demand for organically cultivated vegetables, fruits, pulses and cereals is on the rise.During Onam shopping, organic shops and stalls at trade expos selling naturally grown products did good business.....
4Earth Farms Organics division growing in both sales and sku's
Southern California based 4Earth Farms is reporting that the recent expansion of their Organics division is paying dividends with double digit sales growth in both sales and SKU’s under their 4Earth Organics label.“More and more we are seeing organic produce becoming mainstream,” said Mark Munger V.P. of.....
Pesticide drift persistent problem for organic farmers
The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbour's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business.They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years.....
More and more Austrians buying fair trade
Austrians are spending more money on fair trade products, reports the Austrian website heute.at. In the first half of 2014 sales of fair trade products rose 11%, to 69.9 million Euro. In 2013 sales had already rose by more than one-fifth. More than 14.5 million Euro of direct revenue flowed into Asia, Africa.....
Peruvian organic bananas continue growing year after year
BOS Salitral is a Peruvian non-profit association comprised of approximately 600 organic banana producers, with a total of 540 hectares. Milbort Paul Tavara Hernández, general manager, affirms that "the association was created in order to give growers the ability to sell their fruit, because individually it.....