With an annual growth rate of 7%, the organic market is very important in the USA. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is investing in resistance breeding for this market. Rick Falconer, Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan USA, explains why this is so crucial for organic growers: “Downy mildew can ruin a field of spinach within 24 hours.”
Bio & Sustainability
Genetic resistances are critical in organic vegetables
Producer of sticky traps BKS A.S. becomes part of Biobest Group
Biobest Group NV of Belgium, IVOG Gmbh of Germany, BKS A.S. and Antilsan A.S. of Turkey, jointly announced a transaction, which further strengthens the position of Biobest Group with regard to sticky traps, sticky rolls and pheromones. BKS A.S., based in Antalya, manufactures sticky traps and rolls and distributes pheromones both in Turkey and in the global market. The majority stake in the company held by Antilsan A.S. was acquired today by IVOG Gmbh, an affiliate of Biobest Group based in Germany involved in manufacturing of sticky traps and rolls.
Organic fruit production climbs sharply in Spain and France
Organic fruit production is expanding rapidly across Europe. In 2016, around 6% of EU apple production (30,000 ha) was organic, with a further 3% (15,000 ha) undergoing conversion. The largest increase between 2012 and 2016 was in France (+2,700 ha), while Italy remains the leading producer of organic apples, with volumes of 100,000 tons representing 4% of the country’s total apple production. Productivity in Italy stands at around 31 tons/ha, which is around 70% of the yield obtained from conventional apple production.
Greenfood Iberica, certifies for healthier and tastier products
Certified processes and healthier products: these are the novelties announced by fresh fruit and vegetable supplier Greenfood Iberica at the Fruit Attraction fair in Madrid. Speaking at the firm’s stand, managing director Jussi Alitalo said, “We are currently working on obtaining several kinds of certifications. All our farmers are Global G.A.P. and BRC certified, but we have also obtained IFS Broker certification within our company to guarantee product safety, BRC Chain of Custody and BCSI to ensure Corporate Social Responsibility.
Chilean organic exports to EU soar past 2017 levels
Exports of Chilean organic products to the EU are up this year. By August of this year, shipments had reached US$49 million, which is markedly up from the $42 million recorded for the whole of 2017. The sharp rise in shipments to the EU follows the signing of an organic trade equivalency agreement between the two parties. Chile has seen a 334% increase in its organic production since 2000, in response to growing demand from the EU and therefore from importers. The data was announced at the SIAL Paris Fair for the food industry, where latest trends in the world food sector are discussed.
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The new EU organic regulation
The new EU organic regulation will apply from 1 January 2021 and incorporates several important changes for food producers. One is the exclusion of food containing or consisting of engineered nanomaterials. Another relates to group certification, which is currently only allowed in developing Third Countries. With the new regulation it will be allowed everywhere in the world, including the EU. Group certification means that a certain number of small farmers can be certified as a single entity.
Early supplies of organic summer vegetables start to run low
Heat waves across Germany have brought forward ripening of many of the country’s organic vegetable crops. By May, salads, radishes and kale were all available. However, after the initial waves of supplies, shortages are beginning to appear, such as with cauliflower and broccoli and prices are on the rise.
Organic farming in Flanders grows by 6%
The Flanders organic sector continued its growth in 2017, both in terms of production and consumption. The number of Flemish farms operating organic production increased from 430 to 468. The organic and conversion area in Flanders increased by 6% from 6,960 to 7,367 hectares and accounts for approximately 1.2% of the total Flemish agricultural area (620,380 hectares in 2016). The 35 largest organic companies own have almost half of the overall organic area.
REO supports zero residue practices in Flanders
The Flemish agricultural industry’s REO authority is supporting its growers attempts to meet the increasing demand for organic vegetables with a new initiative called ‘Zéro Résidu du Pesticides’. This collective was first started by the Rougeline producers in the south of France and already has around 20 agricultural cooperatives behind the label. A key difference between zero residues and organic is that the participating producers do not have to commit their entire industrial area to the project, thereby lowering the threshold to participation.