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  • Fruit Logistica, Berlin, Germany

    The Leading Trade Fair for the International Fresh Produce Trade Attended by one of our UK reseller partners. FRUIT LOGISTICA is the most important business and communication arena of the international fresh produce trade. The industry’s key decision makers are there as exhibitors and trade visitors and have the opportunity of approaching potential business partners with their ...


    By SEaB Energy Ltd.

  • Lead Found in Brand Name Packaged Fruits & Juices

    LA Testing provides lead testing solutions to the general public and food processors to ensure products are free of dangerous levels of lead. Los Alamitos, CA, July 8th, 2010 Last month the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), a California non-profit organization, reported that a number of packaged fruits and juices they tested reported high levels of lead.  ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Olive growing in Saudi Arabia

    A delegation of representatives of the Saudi olive growing sector was received on 7 October by various officials of the IOC Executive Secretariat, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Directors, the Head of the Department of Research & Development and Environment and the Head of the Promotion Unit. Mr Aboabat, the CEO of the company Al-Watania and Mr Sahbi Mahjoub from the Agromillora ...

  • Converted Organics is Growing Up: Company Announces the Acquisition of Vertical Farming Pioneer, TerraSphere Systems

    BOSTON, Mass., Nov., 2010-- Converted Organics Inc., (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that the Company has closed on the acquisition of 95% of the membership interests in TerraSphere Systems, LLC, a rapidly growing pioneer in the vertical farming market. Converted Organics Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire TerraSphere Systems, LLC on July 6, 2010. This acquisition was approved by Converted ...


    By Converted Organics Inc.

  • 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

  • NRDC announces winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today celebrates four remarkable food vanguards for their pioneering efforts to create healthier and more sustainable food systems at the fifth annual Growing Green Awards. The winners, who are leaders in tackling antibiotic resistance on farms, infusing urban areas with fresh produce in corner stores, ...

  • Growing greener cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

    A new FAO report to be published today finds that urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is widespread in Latin America and the Caribbean, but realizing its full potential requires increased support from national, state and local governments. “Growing greener cities in Latin America and ...

  • A new biopesticide for the organic food boom

    With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as 'organic,' biopesticide pioneer Pam G. Marrone, Ph.D., is reporting development of a new 'green' pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed in a report scheduled for presentation at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical ...

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

    As interest in organic agricultural and horticultural practices continues to grow, so does the need to identify alternative weed control practices. Mulching, a common practice used to control weeds and reduce the need for tillage, can also reduce insect pollinators' exposure to harmful pesticides; however, finding the right mulch materials that allow pollinators to flourish can be challenging. ...

  • Carbon2Green: Report of the Organization of the United Nations on the Jatropha

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Carbon2Green Corporation (TSX VENTURE: CGN) ("Carbon2Green" or the "Corporation") announces that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ("FAO") and the International Fund for Agricultural Development ("IFAD") have published a recent report, (http://www.fao.org/news/story/fr/item/44324/icode/), on the possible role of the development of jatropha in reducing ...


    By Carbon2Green Corporation

  • Participatory breeding program assists organic tomato growers

    Organic tomato production is growing rapidly in Midwestern states in the US, as evidenced by a USDA study that found certified organic tomato production increased more than 277% in the region from 2007-2011. The authors of a report in the September 2015 issue of HortScience say that to keep up with high consumer demand, organic tomato growers need to identify cultivars that are well-adapted to ...

  • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Create New Economic Opportunities and Grow Markets in Local Communities

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will invest $52 million in grants to support America's specialty crop producers through the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards. The funding includes 54 block grants to U.S. states and territories that will support 694 initiatives nationwide. These grants will assist producers of fresh fruits and vegetables and help ...

  • The dirty dozen - food you should always buy organic

    Intensive farming is a common practice among farmers aiming to produce more food for the growing population. Intensive farming maximizes yields through various means such as heavy use of pesticides which tend to be used untimely, in too many applications and in too high of a dosage. Although the use of pesticides has its benefits, such as controlling or killing potential disease-causing organisms ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Dr. Michael Keyes of SCS to Speak at National Green Centre Conference about Sustainable Growing Practices and Veriflora

     SCS Global Services (www.scsglobalservices.com) will provide expert insights about sustainable growing practices at the National Green Centre Conference in St. Louis this January.  (Logo:  ...


    By SCS Global Services

  • US-Japan deal could lead to more organic options

    The United States and Japan have agreed to make it easier to import each other's organic products, the latest step in a global effort that could give consumers access to more - and cheaper - organic food. The Agriculture Department announced an agreement Thursday between the United States and Japan that will allow organic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • Kickapoo country fair cooks up a tasty blend of driftless-style organic food and culture

    Perhaps one of Wisconsin"s best-kept secrets - the Kickapoo Country Fair - is unrivaled as the largest celebration of organic food and lifestyles in the Midwest. This year"s two-day event, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, in LaFarge, Wis., will celebrate the connections between food and the many cultures and communities in this unique corner of the state. Dr. Temple Grandin, ...

  • How to Care for Cherries – From Spring to Harvest

    Cherry trees are often planted not just for fruit, but for the blossoms they grow. Cherries have a variety of uses – from snacking to baking to making into jam. Cherries can be expensive at the grocery store, and planting a tree or two in the backyard can help save money on this versatile fruit. Follow these tips to care of cherry trees at home or on large acres of land. ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Measures to prevent entry of citrus pests ‘are appropriate’

    Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants. That is the conclusion of risk assessments carried out by EFSA on Phyllosticta citricarpa, the organism which causes citrus black spot, and Xanthomonas citri, which causes citrus canker. Both pathogens present a ...

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