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 …

Vetter Family Creates the Grain Place Foundation

One of Nebraska’s pioneering families in organic farming has announced the formation of a new nonprofit foundation to advance farming in mutually beneficial relationship with nature and communities. The Grain Place Foundation was formed by the heirs of the late Don and Alice Vetter, who founded the Grain Place …

Food made by robots a future trend

Engineers are developing robots to automate single tasks, but experts predict that eventually, artificial intelligence could become as common a kitchen tool as a whisk. “It’s easy to take two things that seem completely at odds with each other and assume that there’s a tension,” said Zume Pizza co-founder …

Organic vegetable market analysis in China

In China there are a total of 2,910 cooperatives who are engaged in organic agriculture, and its total area ranks top among Asian countries, reaching over 300,100 m2. This also makes China the 13th country in the world in terms of organic agriculture, even though this area only accounts for 0.06% of China’s …

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 …

Spain remains the EU’s largest organic producer

In 2015, Spain was still the EU country with the most acreage devoted to organic crops, with 1.9 million hectares; 22% more than in 2010, according to data released by the EU statistics office, Eurostat. Specifically, Spain went from 1.6 to 1.9 million hectares in five years. Next in the rankings are: Italy (about …

Turning wine waste into treasure

Melbourne researchers are working to turn trash into treasure in the wine industry. Around 2 million tonnes of grapes are crushed each year and more than half end up as grape marc – the skins, pulp, seeds and stems remaining after the fruit has been pressed. Swinburne University professor Enzo Palombo is …