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Organic

Health interest points to record growth in Organic September

The organic market has continued to grow in the first half of 2017, driven significantly by increased consumer interest in nutrition and a desire for traceability in food sourcing. Some of the biggest areas of growth include fruit (+12.6%), tomatoes (+13.1%) and salad (+7.9%). Bananas, meanwhile, have had the.....

Western Growers named Technology Sponsor of Organic Grower Summit

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year's inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at.....

Argentina: Rio Negro's organic fruit production increases by 52%

International demand for organic products has been growing in recent years thanks to the developed economies that are leading the consumption of this type of product.The fruit growing sector of the Rio Negro and Neuquen Valley, which have been submerged in a structural crisis for quite a while, saw a small ray.....

Koen Smedts, Laarakker Bio:

"More organic kale than expected"

The kale harvest was bigger than expected, says Koen Smedts of Laarakker Bio. "The cultivation of organic kale is going well this year. It grew, just like cabbages. With regard to a three-year average harvest, we definitely have more this year. We are also pleased with the yield." Last week 4 hectares were.....

Ecuador now has a logo for its organic production

The Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance, AGROCALIDAD, implemented the national organic production control system in Ecuador in compliance with Ministerial Agreement N° 299, of July 11, 2013, "General Regulations to Promote and Regulate Organic, Ecological and Biological Production in Ecuador",.....

Organic produce is sold in the store

Canadian retailer first of its kind to install rooftop garden

Green roofs aren’t necessarily new, but when a grocery store chain decides to install a rooftop garden on one of its stores, that is refreshingly unique. The IGA in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent region officially launched its rooftop garden July 19. The project is managed by Ligne Verte (The Green Line) and has a.....

The issues plaguing Organic will set the stage for the 2018 Farm Bill

FreshPlaza has received permission to re-publish this article that was written by Melody Meyer and posted on the website of the Organic Produce Network.In early July, the Senate AG Committee held a hearing on global and local markets, specialty crops, and organics as they relate to the next Farm Bill. Chairman.....

Bio-Market grows into new dimensions

Organic products are still in demand with customers. Revenues in 2016 grew by 9.9%, compared to the previous year, according to the AgrarMarktInformation (AMI) in Bonn. Carsten Bauck, chairman of the eco-committee of the Landvolk Lower Saxony laments that local farmers often do not profit from the growing.....

Organic ag sector in Italy grows by 20%

Italy's organic agriculture sector is seeing strong growth with a 20% increase in cultivation last year, reports Ansa. According to Sistema d’Informazione Nazionale sull’Agricoltura Biologica, Italy's organisation for organic agriculture information, the number of farms cultivated through organic methods in.....

Mission Produce launches new organic packaging

Oxnard-based Mission Produce announced a new way to highlight organic avocados with the debut of a new organic avocado box. The new design is a bright white box featuring a royal purple stripe as well as Mission’s classic branding. The new design is available in a double layer box as well as a single layer.....

Myanmar: Great potential for organic production

Myanmar has potential to develop an organic market that will help to boost the value of local crops produced for export purposes and improve living standards for farmers.Growers in Myanmar already use less chemical fertilisers and pesticides compared to their neighbours, yet many are reluctant to venture into.....

Metabolomic fingerprinting to fight organic origin fraud

European researchers have been able to successfully determine the origin of organic carrots via metabolomic fingerprinting, paving the way for an approach to authenticate organic food in the future and fight food fraud.Carried out by the European Commission's Joint Research Council (JRC), the study sought to.....

Organic agriculture booming in Europe

Between countries in the South that have the largest organic acreage, the North that has the most consumers, and pressure from large retailers, European organic agriculture is booming at the moment.According to recent European statistics from 2015, European organic consumption is estimated to reach €28.3.....

25 supply chain partners agree to more disease-resistant potato varieties

Dutch organic sector unites against potato disease

On Tuesday morning, 25 Dutch organic potato breeders, growers, and big supermarket chains signed the "Expedited transition to more robust potato varieties" agreement. With this agreement, the organic sector wants to find a sustainable solution for the devastating potato disease: Phytophthora. Bionext. The.....

Poland: Organic food is the fastest growing segment in the industry

According to Wiktor Mialkowski, a partner at Pro Business Solutions, "organic product sales in Poland are growing by 20% every year, and this is a long-term trend that has been recorded for the third or fourth year in a row." In fact, the organic food segment is the fastest growing out of all foods sold in.....

Spain: New organic fertilizer improves production volume and brix

The production volumes and the brix degrees obtained per plant are two aspects that have been raising the concerns of organic growers. The small volumes available in the market end up taking a toll on prices, which results in slower sales than those of conventional crops. That is why Orgafarming has been.....

Organic growth and fruit size bring pouch bag opportunity

The 2017 apple and pear season is fast approaching, and Superfresh Growers® is anticipating a normal sized crop this year, with fruit one size smaller than last year. Sizing will allow for both bulk and bagged promotional opportunities. Superfresh Growers is also planning for their organic crop to double in.....

Structural data published for organic agriculture in Germany in 2016

Organic farming: "Acreage reaches record-high"

The growth of organic farming in Germany surpassed the average in 2016. The increase of acreage is especially high: In 2016, organic foods were produced on 1,251,320 hectares - an increase of 14.9% compared to the previous year (2015: 1,088,828 hectares). The number of farms producing organically was 27,132,.....

Spain has the largest organic acreage in Europe

According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, half of the country's organic acreage last year corresponded to permanent pastures, one-quarter to arable land crops and the other quarter to permanent crops. Moreover, it stressed that the acreage considered to be in.....

Organic farming continues to expand in Washington, US

Two recent CSANR reports provide updates on organic trends – one on the organic sector in Washington State in general, and one specifically on organic tree fruit.In 2016, demand for organic foods grew once again reaching a new high of $43 billion of retail sales in the U.S. Sales grew at 8.4% over the previous.....