Organic News


Italy to invest 3 billion euros to transition 25% of farmland to organic by 2027

Italy plans to invest 3 billion euros (3.06 billion U.S. dollars) to transition 25% of the country’s agricultural land to organic by 2027. The decision to transition the land to organic was spurred by a new study on sustainable strategies to limit the spread of pests and disease in Italy. The study found that organic […]

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Two academic leaders in organic agriculture receive recognition and a key position

Erin Silva, who holds the Clif Bar Endowed Chair in Organic Agriculture and Outreach at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been named director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) for a three-year term. Silva, a plant pathologist, will set priorities for research, outreach, and funding efforts. CIAS’s goal […]

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Organic cotton seed varieties available in India for first time 

Good organic seeds for cotton in India were hard to find. Not anymore: over ten years of breeding resulted in success. Two new organic cotton varieties have recently been made available to India’s cotton farmers. These are the first ever cotton varieties of India bred under organic conditions. The varieties were developed through a decentralized […]

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Minnesota farmer charged with fraudulently selling $46 million of conventional grain as organic

A Jeffers, Minnesota man has been indicted for defrauding grain purchasers by selling non-GMO grains falsely labeled as organic, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. According to court documents, between 2014 and 2020, James Clayton Wolf, a certified organic farmer, engaged in a scheme to defraud grain purchasers by selling them non-GMO grains falsely represented […]

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Rodale Institute receives $4.1 million in grants for organic research, farmer training, and new science center

The Rodale Institute recently received a $1 million donation from the GIANT Company to support organic research and farmer training and a $3 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania for a new state-of-the-art Science Center. GIANT Company’s funds came from the company’s Healing Our Planet campaign that invited consumers to round up the dollar […]

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