Category Archives: Organic Production

Brazil Offers Opportunities for Free-range Egg Production

6The Poultry Site – Sales of free-range and organic eggs are growing at more than twice the rate of conventional egg sales, at Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Brazil’s largest supermarket chain, and the multinational company Unilever has announced that all eggs used in its Hellmann’s brand of mayonnaise, the most popular brand in country, will be 100 per cent cage-free by 2020.

Such trends favouring alternative egg production were the focus of the workshop ‘Market Opportunities for Free Range and Organic Eggs’, which took place in Bastos on 6 September, reports Humane Society International (HSI). Continue reading

Global Organic Food Market Growing

4By Chris Harris
The Poultry Site – According to the Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2013, worldwide sales of organic food and drink reached $63 billion – more than €45 billion – by the end of 2011.
The latest figures from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) organic farming is practised in 162 countries.
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Organic sales slip again amid economic gloom

Stacks of vegetablesBy Rebecca Smithers
The Guardian – Sales of organic products in the UK have fallen by 1.5% over the past year, continuing their downward slide in the face of ongoing tough economic conditions.

Supermarkets are blamed in a new report for cutting back their ranges and shelf space, leading to a 2.4% slump in organic sales across the multiple retailers. But at the same time a “Jamie [Oliver] generation” of ethically aware shoppers aged under-35 is driving growth through other outlets, accounting for 16% of all sales, and significantly increasing their spending on organic food, drink and other products.

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Achieving the New Vision for Agriculture: New Models for Action

3. AchivinWorld Economic Forum – To feed 9 billion people by 2050, the world will need to adopt new strategies aimed at sustainably increasing agricultural production. Meeting this challenge will require significant increases in investment, innovation and collaboration among all stakeholders.The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture serves as a platform to build collaboration among stakeholders to achieve a vision of agriculture as a driver of food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity.

In the past three years, governments, business, farmers and civil society organizations have embraced and begun to implement this vision at global, regional and country levels.This report outlines the progress to date of partnerships catalysed by the New Vision for Agriculture, and the key challenges and next steps that must be addressed to realize the full potential of the multistakeholder partnership

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GM Based on Science, Ethics or Urban Myths?

GMANALYSIS – The degree to which science, emotion or assumed ethics should drive technological changes in agriculture and farming are becoming central to the arguments over the development of biotechnology and genetic modification (GM), writes Chris Harris.

At the Oxford Farming Conference, last week, the concerns over the growth in the global population and how to feed growing numbers at a time of climate change and diminishing land and water resources were at the forefront of the debate.

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Organic Research

a7Labex Korea – The Organic Research Centers Alliance published documents about organic farming research in several countries that included: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, China, Republic of Korea and Thailand.

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Organic Farming Research in Thailand

a7By Vitoon R. Panyakul

Organic Research Centers Alliance – Thai organic agriculture has seen a big boost in the last couple years as the Thai organic sector has enjoyed steady growth and development in its domestic and international markets. The innovative efforts of the Thai private sector appear to have paid off. For instance, a private national certification body has been developed, which is now spinning off to an Asia-wide regional platform. Also developed, has been a competency building programme for personnel involved in organic projects and an organic product chain management system leading to a regional training platform. A domestic market is also developing and has yet to tap organic exports from neighbouring countries.

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