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Latin America: From sustainable production to consumption
Latin America has become a large producer of sustainable foods, however a major challenge for the region is to become an important consumer. Organic Monitor research finds Brazil is now a global source of sustainable coffee, soya beans, sugar, juices and herbs. Argentina and Chile are well-established.....
Organic farm supporters say GMO contamination needs USDA controls
Growing crops free from contamination by genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination are needed, according to report issued on Monday by an environmental organization.....
Serbia: Demand organic products is greater offer
Serbia's Director of the “Green Network of Vojvodina” Olivera Radovanovic has assessed that currently the demand for the organic products is greater than the offer in the market, even though their prices are 30-50% higher than for the conventional products. The reasons are numerous, but primarily because.....
Richard Soepenberg, Frunet Bio
"Organic market still growing, particularly outside the Euro zone"
"From the beginning of the winter season we have seen more demand for organic vegetables," explained commercial manager Richard Soepenberg from Frunet Bio. "The organic market is still growing and we see this throughout all Europe, but particularly in countries outside the Euro zone, such as Scandinavian.....
France: Organic farmer faces jail time for refusing to spray pesticide
The French agriculture ministry is prosecuting Emmanuel Giboulot, an organic winemaker, for failing to apply insecticide to his vines. The ministry wants insecticide to be sprayed to control the leafhopper Scaphoideus titanus, believed to be responsible for the spread of the grapevine disease, but Mr......
Peru: Valley of Chira aims to improve organic banana production chain
With the goal of introducing improvements to the production chain of organic bananas, and consequently the quality of life of small producers, the municipality of Sullana, along with other institutions, is promoting the development and spread of new technologies.According to a local report, organic bananas.....
Spain: AgrupaEjido's net turnover up 10%
According to sources from the group, AgrupaEjido's prospects for the campaign will once again be positive. Its net turnover has so far increased by 10% compared to last year, with similar sales volumes as last campaign and several products registering higher average prices.In the 2012/2013 campaign, the firm.....
Hans Maagendans, Banafood:
"Higher banana prices on the free market compared to last year"
The banana market is presently very good. So says Hans Maagendans from banana ripening company Banafood in Straelen. "The conditions are very good. We have not had a real winter this year, there is little competing fruit and the prices on the free market are a little higher than last year.""In Ecuador the.....
German organic turnover grew by 7% in 2013
The organic market in Germany in 2013 grew as equally strong as in 2012. Besides the traditional supermarkets and pharmacies, the health food shops contributed heavily to this growth. Increases in prices of fresh products and an increase in sales in dried products in particular caused a larger turnover in.....
Friso Sterk: "Increasing demand from West European retail"
BioWorld extends assortment with organic pineapple
BioWorld, the organic branch of the Best Fresh Group, is slowly extending its assortment. After the development of the organic greenhouse vegetable and open ground fruit and vegetable assortment, the business started importing organic pineapple from Costa Rica, in which organics and fair trade are.....
Roberto Giadone (Natura Iblea)
Italy: Organic carrots need planning too
"2013 was a horrible year as there was little produce but demand was high so prices skyrocketed. They reached €1.10 per 1 kg tray," explains Roberto Giadone (in the photo below), chairman and sales manager of Natura Iblea.Because it did not rain when carrots were sprouting (October/November 2012), yields.....
"The organic market has great potential for German growers"
Dr.Hans-Peter Friedrich, the German minister of Nutrition and Agriculture, during the international Grüne Woche (Green Week) in Berlin, has stressed the ecological and economic importance of the organic branch."The organic agriculture sets standards: it is careful with sources, burdens the environment as.....
Iran wishes to export organic products to Europe
Last week Sunday Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati, minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic Iran, visited the Grüne Woche (Green week) in Berlin. The country very much looks forward to the European market, because the growers are in a position to offer a lot, Hojjati said. "Therefore we wish everybody a.....
French organic sector not affected by crisis
The organic sector does not seem to be affected by the crisis according to recent statistics in a communiqué from France's organic produce agency, l'Agence Bio. A success achieved thanks to the French desire to ''eat better''. Over five years we have seen the organic sector in France double. ''At the end of.....