Is There Middle Ground Between Organic And Conventional? | Valley News

Global Markets for Biopesticides — NEW YORK, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

A third way. A best-practices standard. Michael Rozyne, director of regional food distributor Red Tomato, calls it simply something bigger. He says that lumping all non-organic growers into a single category, merely because they use synthetic pesticides, doesnt do justice to the portion of those growers who are farming using many organic practices, high-level integrated pest management and all sorts of natural controls, who are paying attention to erosion, pollution, and farmworker safety. Conditions in the Northeast, including humidity and pests, make it all but impossible to grow organic fruit at marketable scale and quality, and Rozynes Eco Apple and Eco Peach programs have defined standards that allow fruit growers to supplement natural controls such as sulphur with some synthetics: trifloxystrobin (trade name Flint) to control apple scab disease, for example. Whole Foods Market is also looking for another way. This fall, the company will roll out a system that classifies produce as good, better or best, depending on criteria ranging from those that the organic standard addresses specifically, such as soil health, to those that the standard has nothing to say about, such as farmworker welfare, pollinator protection, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions. Under the new system, it will be possible both for a conventional farm to rate best and for an organic farm to fail to rate even good. Were broadening the conversation to things that are important to our customers and to us, says Matt Rodgers, Whole Foods associate global produce coordinator. Over the past 30 years, organic has been an important counterpoint to the chemical-intensive agriculture that is the legacy of the Green Revolution, and theres no reason to take it away.
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The major objectives of this study include: – Assessing the technology developments. – Identifying the driving factors for demand. – Making available the most current and reliable information on the market size. – Estimating the global supply and demand scenario broken down by applications andregions. – Estimating the growth rate in demand.
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