Australian dairy farmers offered premium for organic milk

Australian Consolidated Milk (ACM), in Northern Victoria has offered farmers a guaranteed premium of $8/kg (42 c/l) for two years if they convert to organic milk production. ACM will have organic milk in the shops in February from 30 suppliers who are well on with their conversion to organic milk production. The company will produce UHT and fresh …

The First Fully Automated Grow Box That Uses Organic Soil

Growing a plant isn’t easy, and different plants require different conditions to thrive. 7sensors, a Silicon Valley based company, has finally solved these problems by allowing people to grow any plant hands-free in the comfort of their home or apartment. Their grow box automatically monitors and adjusts the light, water, temperature and …

Locally Grown: New York’s Farms to Schools Programs and Organic Farming

Hundreds of New York school districts are increasing children’s consumption of locally-grown fruits and vegetables through farm-to-school programs, while sales of organic farm products are rising as more and more consumers seek healthier alternatives from nearby farms. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture national census of …

Imported organic produce to be issued EU electronic certificates to improve traceability

New EU rules introducing a system of electronic certification for imported organic products have been published by the European Commission will be applied in 6 months. Following recommendations from the Court of Auditors and a request from Member State Ministers in 2011 to address concerns about monitoring the movements of organic products and the …

India’s First Fully Organic State Faces Many Challenges to Maintaining Its Status

Sikkim, the picturesque northeastern Indian state in the eastern Himalayas, announced in January that it had transitioned completely to organic agriculture — the first state in the South Asian nation to do so. “It was a matter of patience, but thankfully we ultimately achieved the status of 100 per cent organic farming with the …