Vegetable Handling News

  • 2017 SE Regional Conference

    The 2017 SE Regional Conference will be held January 5-8, 2017 in beautiful Savannah, Georgia at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  Stop by booth #801 for all of your optical sorting needs.  Video demonstration available. The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the LARGEST educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States ...

  • Exciting News for Vineland with FedDev Investment Announcement

    Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre and Member of Parliament Chris Bittle, St. Catharines announced $5.76 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Vineland’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at a special event June 3. Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair were also present to discuss the ...

  • Produce Safety Rule to Change the Way Fresh Fruit, Vegetables Are Grown and Handled

    Ever since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011 and the act’s Produce Safety Rule was proposed two years later, fruit and vegetable growers have waited for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the regulations they will be expected to follow on the farm. Now that the FDA has done so — the final Produce Safety rule was printed in the Federal ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Confronting Labor Exploitation in the Developed World

    Seasonal Pressure and Migrant Labor The toys and gifts traditionally exchanged during the holiday season are produced year-round, often in countries where labor standards come under regular scrutiny. In developed countries, however, while not usually considered a high exploitation risk, production of seasonal items and, in particular, items with short shelf lives puts great pressure on ...


    By SGS

  • Simulated Seawater Flooding Decreases Growth of Vegetable Seedlings

    Crop production in coastal areas is threatened by seawater intrusion, which increases soil salinity. Excessive salinity in soil and irrigation water, in combination with waterlogging, can significantly affect the growth and quality for agricultural crops, especially those vegetables that are sensitive to salinity. A new study determined salt-tolerant vegetable seedlings for coastal area ...

  • Free trade agreements provide export hope for struggling Australian vegetable growers

    Recently concluded free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China could pave the way for greater exports of premium Australian vegetable products according to a discussion paper released today by AUSVEG titled ‘Exporting Australia’s vegetables to the Middle East & Asia: Market analysis & overview.’ “Lower returns domestically can be attributed to ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Decrease water emission in Egyptian vegetable production

    Egypt is an important exporter of vegetables to Europe (like the well-known beans) and the Middle East. For the intensive cultivation of tomatoes and sweet peppers plastic greenhouses are used. Problems with soil diseases, water use and emission of nutrients are increasing. The collaborating Egyptian and Dutch governments are stimulating Egyptian companies to organise research into biological ...

  • New framework aids identification and assessment of High Nature Value farmland from local to EU-scales

    With over half of Europe’s species dependent on agricultural habitats, protecting ‘high nature value’ farmland is vital to biodiversity conservation. However, the identification and assessment of such farmland requires careful co-ordination, concludes a recent study. The researchers present a framework to help with this process and make a set of key recommendations. Almost 40% ...

  • Local food collectives: what role should public authorities take?

    Local food systems, such as vegetable box schemes or farmers’ markets, can encourage sustainable consumption. However, authorities must take care before becoming too involved in such citizen-led initiatives, because these collectives may be wary of government intervention, a new study suggests. For a number of reasons, including concern over the way food is produced in modern ...

  • Providing more lower-grade fruit may not increase consumption

    New research suggests that increasing the availability of lower grade fresh fruit and vegetables may not be the answer to increasing its consumption. The research by Cranfield University set out to understand what affects fruit and vegetable demand.  Of those surveyed, the research identified that the fresh produce industry perceived that the ‘5-a-day’ message has had little ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Recycled Christmas trees: mulch, dunes, habitats

    It's one of America's great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused. Many are picked up curbside by local garbage collection services and turned into mulch. But there are other second acts for Christmas trees, too. They're placed on beaches to shore up dunes and sunk in lakes as fish habitats. They've even been milled into ...


    By Associated Press

  • The value of seed harboured in Mediterranean temporary ponds

    Temporary ponds and their varying water levels provide the conditions for valuable wildlife habitat. A study in Crete, conducted under the LIFE-Nature project1 Actions for the Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in Crete, has demonstrated these ponds contain varied collections of seeds and that these ‘seed banks’ could play an important role in vegetation recovery after ...

  • Moringa Energy, Farming Operations, Industry Trends & Quality Standards

    The 2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013, an International Workshop on Moringa Agronomy Horticultural and oil Production, under the patronage of the BBA, will take place in Jaipur, India on November 21 & 22, 2013. Science and Horticulture for People, the theme of the workshop, emphasizes scientific components of successful Moringa farming and how it relates to scientists, producers, consumers and ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Blue carbon stored in vegetated coastal systems could be underestimated

    Vegetated coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, marshes and seagrasses, are an important carbon sink and their destruction increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A new study estimates that 0.15-1.02 Pg (petagrams) of CO2 are being released annually from degradation of these valuable ecosystems, resulting in economic losses of US$6-42 billion (€4.68 to 32.81 billion) per year. It ...

  • International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Power of Women to Nourish the Planet

    On Thursday, we join millions of individuals and organizations around the world in observing International Women’s Day, a global celebration and recognition of women’s achievements. Women have proven to be a powerful force in the fight against global hunger and poverty, especially in agriculture. Worldwide roughly 1.6 billion women rely on farming for their livelihoods, and female ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Apples top new `Dirty Dozen` list

    Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its "Dirty Dozen" list and the cleanest conventional produce with its "Clean 15" list. Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Aircraft to help re-vegetate appalachian trail portion of palmerton zinc superfund site

    The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Park Service, will oversee use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on a 500-acre section of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site in Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain. This project is part of an ongoing action to repair environmental damage that was caused by emissions from ...

  • IGNIA leads US$6.5 million investment in chiapas farms, a leading Mexican exporter of fruits and vegetables

    IGNIA Fund I, LP, the first impact investing fund in Latin America, announced today an investment of US$5 million in Chiapas Organic Holdings, Inc. ("Chiapas Farms"), a leading Mexican producer and trader of export-grade fruits and vegetables. This investment is part of a US$6.5 million equity financing round that includes a US$1.5 million investment from existing shareholders. "Chiapas Farms ...

  • Floating vegetative mats may help clean fishery wastewater

    The feasibility of using floating vegetation to remove nutrients from fishery wastewater is being tested by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The researchers' long-term goal is to develop a system to treat the wastewater, return it to ponds for reuse, and use the nutrients to produce biomass or plant material. The floating mats act as filters to remove the nutrients from the water. ...

  • Some plants can adapt to widespread climate change

    While many plant species move to a new location or go extinct as a result of climate change, grasslands clinging to a steep, rocky dale-side in Northern England seem to defy the odds and adapt to long-term changes in temperature and rainfall, according to a new study by scientists from Syracuse University and the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) published online in the July 7 issue of the ...

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