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Organic farmers in Austria testing vegetable crops in winter
A project from Bio Austria has shown that cultivating vegetables in the winter in Austria is possible. Seven organic farms grew vegetable crops without heating in the winter for the first time.After the first harvest the participating growers found out that at least 150 types of vegetables are suitable for.....
German bio market increases by 5%
The organic market in Germany increased less sharply in 2014 than in 2013, German website oekolandbau.de reports. In 2014, German households spent 4.8% more money on organic food and drink. The revenue thus achieved amounted to 7.91 billion Euro, compared to 7.55 billion Euro in 2013.Health food stores and.....
Growing production of organic foods in the world
The value of the world's organic market is estimated at 55 billion Euro (2013), with the United States in the lead, accounting for 24.3 billion; 43% of the total. Behind the U.S. we find Germany, with 7.6 billion Euro; France, 4.4 billion and China, with 2.4 billion Euro.According to expert estimates, Poland.....
Organic greenhouse vegetable season starts at BioVibe
Spring has started and so has the greenhouse vegetable season at BioVibe. Johan Vanhaeren says that they are offering various vegetables at the moment, which include green oakleaf, read oakleaf, cabbage lettuce, rucola, spinach and chervil. "These products will be fully available for the whole summer as of.....
Buyers have little understanding for packaged organics
Consumer buys unpackaged organic fruit and vegetables more often
Organic fruits and vegetable are being sold unpackaged more often. Research by Wageningen UR and the GroentenFruit Huis Comité Biohandel, through a virtual supermarket, shows that 20 percent more consumers bought these products when they were unpackaged. In the second instance it was shown that the sales.....
LEAF reports significant growth in global activity
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has released its latest global impacts report which reveals continued growth in the area of crops grown on LEAF Marque certified businesses across the globe. In 2014, it broke through the 250,000 hectare barrier for the first time, standing at 266,324 hectares,.....
Organic not always more expensive
Many consumers would likely buy more organic food if it weren't so expensive. Consumer Reports recently conducted a unique price study, comparing the cost of a market basket of organic goods—fruits and vegetables, meat and chicken, milk, and other edibles—to their conventional counterparts at eight different.....
Thomas Anderson, General Director of Unexport:
"Organic produce is the future of agriculture"
It is a fact that Spain, despite probably being the country with the lowest consumption of organic products in Europe, continues to increase its acreage for this segment and is becoming the largest supplier. An example of this is the important cooperative Unexport, from Murcia, which points to this growing.....
Germany: sales of organic vegetables increased slightly in 2014
The households in Germany have spent around 3% more money on organic vegetables compared to 2013, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its website. The purchasing amount increased by the same percentage. From this, we can conclude that the prices have remained stable. Carrots,.....
EU: Spain demands same standards for imported organic products
Spain has asked the European Union (EU) to apply the same high standards to imported organic products as it does with their European counterparts, a "fundamental" element to be added to the organic agriculture policies, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García.....
Kazakhstan: Rise in organic produce
The market of organic products in Kazakhstan is estimated at 95 billion tenge (more than US $500 million), Zhibek Azhibayeva, secretary of the Trade Committee of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, told a media briefing on March 12. She also said that Kazakhstan is introducing an.....
USDA Organic demand up in Hong Kong
Discerning customers in Hong Kong markets are looking for the "USDA Organic" sticker on fresh and processed food more than ever. According to a United States Department of Agriculture report released in February, in 2014, United States growers sent $7.7 million worth of organic food and coffee, the peak of a.....
US: Plan to boost organic food sector
The Obama administration on Tuesday said it will make available some $66.5 million in funding to help the nation’s organic and specialty crop farmers.The U.S. Department of Agriculture program will support both research to help specialty crop farmers improve production as well as meet requirements for.....
Andrew Skea, Skea Organics:
“Slow recovery for organic seed potato market”
The organic market suffered severely from the economic crash in 2007, but according to Andrew Skea, of Skea Organics, the organic seed potato market is slowly recovering.“Since we started, around 15 years ago, the market has been a rollercoaster,” says Andrew. “From 1999 until around 2007, when the.....