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Clashes in Washington over organic agriculture
The organic food industry is gaining clout on Capitol Hill, prompted by rising consumer demand and its entry into traditional farm states. But that isn't going over well with everyone in Congress.Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boiled over last week during a late-night House Agriculture.....
Vilsack promises to grow US organic industry
At its recent policy conference in Washington, D.C., the Organic Trade Association (OTA) heard from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the future of organic farming.Vilsack told OTA members that he views organic as “its own separate commodity,” and he is committed to treating it that way. He wants to.....
Germany imports more and more organic food
German consumers spend 7 billion Euro a year on organic food, which comes to an average expenditure per person per year of 73.60 Euro.Even though the German market doubled its agricultural area of organic food in 2012, the vast majority of these products, especially fruits and vegetables, must be imported.....
Naturland: strengthen the regional organic agriculture
The turnover achieved with organic foodstuff continually increases and at the moment amounts to more than 7 billion Euro in Germany. With this, the demand for regionally grown and processed products also increases.Organic iscurrently a fashion fad, but also a stable growth market, which needs organic.....
India: Tamil Nadu to unveil organic project
The Tamil Nadu State government will soon come out with a comprehensive organic agriculture policy, according to K. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU).Dr Ramasamy said that various components of the policy, including the formation of a Department of Sustainable Organic.....
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Bejo's Napa F1 carrots starred in the Sicilian campaign
Sicilian New carrots have a new star: Napa F1.Napa F1 carrots. - Click here for the photo report.It is not a new Bejo variety but, after patient positioning and observation, it has found a prime location in Sicily. Carrot harvesting in Sicily is carried out between the end of February and the end of May,.....
Italy: Spring starts for organic products
"Spring is starting for organic produce. Actually, two springs are starting: the first one is that of typical Mediterranean products such as new carrots, green beans and asparagus followed by Cantaloupe melons. These products have finally reached fair prices in line with the expectations of producers. I will.....
Produce Mom partners with Earthbound Farm to promote Earth Day
Indianapolis Fruit’s The Produce Mom has partnered with Earthbound Farm as an official Earth Month partner. The Produce Mom will be participating in Earthbound’s “Every Cart Counts” campaign and encouraging her consumer following to join the campaign & choose Earthbound Farm products.“Every Cart Counts”.....
Costa Rica signs organic food agreement with Canada
Costa Rican organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their products to Canada following an arrangement reached between officials from the two governments.A press release sent Friday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency states the Canada-Costa Rica Organic Equivalency Arrangement is.....
Fairtrasa announces acquisition of Organic Fruit & Vegetables B.V.
Fairtrasa has announced the acquisition of Organic Fruit & Vegetable B.V., an established import and export Company specialised in serving the organic fruit market in Europe. The acquisition will strengthen Fairtrasa’s global network to become a leading supplier of premium organic and fairtrade fruits in.....
Organic mushrooms to tackle competitors
Wild mushroom sees most growth in market
In 1989, the first firm of Grupo Sousacamp was founded inBenlhevai, municipality of Vila Flor, Portugal, devoted to the production, commercialisation and distribution of mushrooms. It started as a family business, but its expansion and business diversification gave way to the creation of several other.....
Japan changes organic import policies
Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has published a list of European organic food certification bodies recognised as equivalent to Japan's certification system.Due to this, the certifications of 12 Spanish institutions will be admitted, allowing for the sale of these products as.....
Costa Rica and Canada sign agreement promoting organic products
Costa Rica and Canada signed an agreement to promote the marketing of organic products. Both countries recognized the regulations governing the accreditation and certification of organic agricultural products in their countries.Based on this recognition, Canada accepted that fruits and vegetables produced.....
Germany: Biodukte.de gives consumers an overview of regional organic suppliers
From now on, consumers can see the locations of German health food shops, supermarkets and farmer's markets in just one glance. Biodukte.de is a newindependentportal that helps organic consumers locate regional suppliers of organic products. More than 3,500 stores were included in the overview. Customers can.....