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Country of origin reforms welcomed by AUSVEG and CHOICE

February 9, 2017

The latest reforms to Australia’s country of origin labelling system have been welcomed by AUSVEG, the national body representing Australia’s vegetable and potato growers. They say the changes will help consumers have confidence about the true source of their food.

The new reforms, which were first attempted last year but which were interrupted by the Federal election, alter the definition of “substantial transformation” as it applies to country of origin labelling and make it clear that minor processes do not count as substantial transformation. Read More »

Greenhouse Technical Management Course – Pune, India

February 7, 2017
Greenhouse Technical Management Course

A  Greenhouse Technical Management Course will be held at the Tarawade Clarkson Hotel, J.M Road, Pune, India, from 27 February to 3 March 2017. The course is specifically designed to develop technical and management skills of owners, staff and managers of greenhouse and hydroponic growing systems to meet the challenges of producing high quality and high value food for India. Read More »

City living under the microscope

February 2, 2017

A new CSIRO research initiative launched today will lead the way for the transformation of liveable urban spaces and sustainable cities of the future. In partnership with property developers Celestino, CSIRO has established its first operational Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park in western Sydney – a place where researchers, industry, government and communities can get together and create, design and test innovative urban development concepts, moving beyond the lab into the real world. Read More »

Australia supporting food safety in Bangladesh

February 1, 2017
Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today met with the Bangladesh Minister of Food, Md Qamrul Islam, to provide a valuable insight into Australia’s world-class process for food standard setting. Minister Hartsuyker said Bangladesh is currently establishing its national food safety system and is seeking to learn from the cutting edge science and risk assessment processes that underpin our national food standards. Read More »

Vegetable industry export strategy released

January 31, 2017

The Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020, delivered by Hort Innovation and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, has now been released. The strategy outlines a range of methods to help more growers and the wider industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets, with the ultimate goal of increasing the value of vegetable exports to $315 million by 2020 – a net increase of 40 per cent on the industry’s current export levels. Read More »

Seeding the future

January 31, 2017
Christine Brown-Paul

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 9.6 billion people and sustainably growing enough food for a hungry world will be one of the greatest challenges facing humankind.  A recurring theme in a number of our stories for this issue is the question of what measures need to be taken to feed this growing global population and what will be the challenges along the way. Read More »

Why are my tomatoes and capsicum turning black?

January 31, 2017
Australian Chemical Engineer, Rick Donnan specialises in hydroponic nutrient management

I have a small greenhouse in which I grow 12 tomato and six capsicum (sweet pepper) plants. They are growing in bags of dripper fed coco peat. I use a standard “bloom” liquid fertiliser at the recommended strength (4 ml each of A and B per litre water). The older fruit of both the tomato and capsicum have turned black on the bottom. The tomato plants generally look OK, but the capsicum plants are looking poorly.

Can you suggest what is wrong and what I can do to fix the problem?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »