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Weblog Michael Wilde, Eosta:
"Organic isn't too expensive, regular is too cheap"
I like occasionally giving a guest lecture or presentation on organic agriculture. Almost everyone has a (strong) opinion on food, agriculture and health. Even though these opinions are very varied, it is striking how single minded people are when it comes to organic, (in Dutch) Michael Wilde of Eosta on his.....
Vietnamese city begins five-year organic plan
A five-year plan to promote cultivation of organic and safe vegetables in HCM City, Vietnam, has been approved by the People's Committee. By 2020, the programme aims to have more than 16,000 hectares of organic and safe vegetable farming, with a production value of more than VND800 million per hectare.The.....
Enterprising Indian farmers sell veg over WhatsApp
Two young enterprising farmers in Belagavi district, India, have found a novel use for WhatsApp — marketing their produce. The two organic farmers, Santhosh Kittur from Kadabi village and Abhijit Kamath from Murgod village, created a WhatsApp group to sell their chemical free produce. They give regular.....
Sweden: Organic food sales up 40% in 2015
In Sweden, total organic food sales have increased by 40 percent in 2015; a trend which has also been observed at Coop Extra by store manager Daniel Klint."Last year, we registered a 30% increase in organic sales. Since late 2014, we have invested heavily in infrastructure for organic products, including.....
Ireland's agriculture committees' organic recommendations
A number of proposals from the Organic Farmers Representative Body have been endorsed by the Irish Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine for consideration by the Department of Agriculture (DAFM).Last October the Organic Farmers Representative Body (OFB) met the Joint Committee on Agriculture to.....
Beaumont Products introduces certified-organic Veggie Wash
Georgia-Based Beaumont Products, Inc. is aleading manufacturer of natural consumerproducts; their Veggie Wash is currently thenumber one selling produce wash in the UnitedStates and now the company hasannounced the addition of a certified-organicversion. The new Organic Veggie Wash formulationwas recently.....
Ecological Farming Conference
US: "Organic farmers could save the world"
At the 36th annual Ecological Farming Conference in California, which was held on Wednesday 20 January and attended by around 900 farmers and others, the emphasis of the opening comments had less to do with improving business and more about improving the world.And for one speaker, his address to the organic.....
Spain: Organic tomato acreage growing in Andalusia
Organic tomato cultivation has expanded by 66.3 percent in Andalusia in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, consulted by Hortoinfo.The total number of.....
Indian PM applauds Sikkim, the organic state
On Monday 18 January Indian prime minister Narendra Modi declared Sikkim the country's first organic state. He applauded the work of the farmers there and said that the government will make their welfare a priority and in order to do so, will implement certain schemes and initiatives.Prime Minster Modi made.....
Italy: The Tar dismisses a €320 million tender
In the past few days, La Repubblica newspaper talked about the decision of the TAR-Tribunale amministrativo regionale to dismiss a 2012 tender for the allocation of €320 million of EU funds to support organic crops in Sicily.The reason behind the dismissal is the unclear criteria of the tender, according.....
Buyers report major shortage deficit
US(CA): Organic carrot market “worst in 20 years”
A supply deficit has taken hold of the California organic carrot market, report growers in the region. “I’ve been buying and selling carrots for 20 years,” says Robert Lichtenberg, an industry veteran, “and this is the worst shortage of organic carrots that the market has seen [in that time].”Lichtenberg,.....
Dutch organic cooperative launches Pommily potatoes
Recently a Dutch cooperative of certified organic growers launched Pommily. Pommily are organic potatoes rooted in clay and grown and packed on the Pommily Organic farm. The growers observed that consumers are becoming more aware of what they are eating, have more respect for nature and increasingly need.....
Nature & More takes 'True Cost of Food' to the consumer
At a crowded Green Week in Berlin, the international organic umbrella organisation IFOAM and organic food distributor Nature & More jointly introduced the True Cost of Food initiative. It promotes the idea that food prices should reflect the true cost of food, including hidden environmental and social.....
$2 million for California organic learning center
In Watsonville, California, the Peixoto family of Lakeside Organic Gardens have contributed $2 million to Agri-Culture for the development of an organic and sustainable agriculture learning center. The purpose of the donation is to create a resource centre for all those interested in the organic farming.....