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"The new consumer is increasingly more organic-oriented and thinks differently"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-23 Mon 15:22

In November, Mercabarna will launch the first wholesale market specialized in organic food in Spain, and the second in Europe: Biomarket, which will concentrate the supply of this growing segment and will facilitate marketing and distribution from a single platform. One of the companies that will have a…

Lettuce in a hydroponic system: 100% organic nutrients

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:01

Van der Knaap is known for their substrate knowledge, but did you know they also developed a sustainable cultivation system? The liquid nutrient solution rich in organic NO3 that is produced with this system is also extremely suitable for other cultivation systems, such as growing lettuce in a hydroponic…

How a Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China to Canada

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:43

In January 2017, Chilean Customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower: The country’s prized crop of raspberries was under threat. Inspectors raided the offices of Frutti di Bosco, a little-known fruit trading company on the second floor of a tower block in downtown Santiago. The files, company…

A Typological Concept to Predict the Nitrogen Release from Organic Fertilizers in Farming Systems

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 09:44

The prediction of nitrogen (N) mineralization or immobilization in organic fertilizers is an important tool to optimize fertilizer use, especially in intensive agricultural systems. Our aim was to derive a model to predict the N mineralization/immobilization from readily available information on the properties of organic fertilizers in farming practice. On the basis of a literature review, a characterization of organic fertilizers was performed, revealing a large variance in fertilizer properties within the defined categories and subcategories. A partial linear model was derived and used for the prediction of N mineralization/immobilization based on the type of fertilizer and the carbon (C) to organic nitrogen (Norg) ratio. Depending on the previously defined category, a strong mineralization (e.g., plant- and animal-based commercial fertilizers) or a predominant immobilization (e.g., compost and slurries) was detected. For a total of seven main categories and their subcategories, individual models were developed. This work shows that the mineralization properties of organic fertilizers can be sufficiently predicted through a simple classification into a fertilizer category and through the C to Norg ratio.

Alleged Pesticide Spraying of organic farm in Fallon highlights the differences between organic and conventional agriculture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-19 Sat 12:55

Early in the morning of August 31st, 2020, as Salisha Odum owner/operator of Salisha’s Delicious Organic Produce, readied her daughter for online school, they both responded immediately to the sound of a plane flying close, at low altitude, to their house and fields. 

The plane flew back and forth several times over the course of an hour, and by the third pass, Salisha said the unknown chemicals settled on the land.  

“That’s when I smelled the chemicals. And then I kind of got sick and dizzy and you know, wasn’t feeling good at that time either … we were out taking videos … because what had happened in the past … we wanted to get some footage if we could,” Odum said. 

Helping organic growers meet demand for Canadian-made organics

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-10 Thu 14:26

Today, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of over $640,000 to the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) to help get more Canadian consumers buying Canadian-made organics produced locally by Canadian organic farmers.

2020 organics in review

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-05 Wed 09:29

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president and general merchandise manager for produce and meat, and Steve Lutz, Category Partners’ senior vice president of insights and innovation, discussing sales and consumer purchasing behavior of organic fresh produce through the first seven months of the year.

What a Year It’s Been, So Far…. will be a provocative and engaging virtual conversation about sales of organic fresh produce, how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered consumer buying habits, and the future of retail grocery as part of the exclusive OPN event on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 AM PDT.

Moderated by Tonya Antle, OPN co-founder, What a Year It’s Been, So Far…. is a complimentary online session available for all members of the produce industry. Lutz will provide an overview of organic fresh produce sales data across retail for the first half of the year, with Padilla discussing how consumer buying practices have changed during the pandemic and what may lie ahead in the future. Registration is available here.

OMRI seal usage update

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-06 Mon 09:34

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute), reviewer of input products for organic use, announced today that the familiar OMRI Listed seal will now represent all OMRI Listed products, eliminating additional variations for products reviewed under the Canadian organic standards. A minor update to the optional wording below the…