Farmer’s ‘Jugaad’ Innovations Extends Shelf-Life of Organic Onions by 3 Months – The Better India

Haryana-based Sumer Singh has been farming since 1999 but his switch to organic farming to grow vegetables, pulses, chickpeas and millets has been life-changing.
Organic farming, even though more popular and income generating, is a risky process. But Sumer Singh, from Haryana’s Dhani Mahu village, decided to take this risk after realising the ill effects of using chemical fertilisers.
Sumer not only cultivates and earns from his 14 acre organic farm, but inspires fellow farmers to take up his methods too.
When he started farming in 1999, he used chemical fertilisers and his major cultivation was cotton. But soon, the health of his land and family deteriorated.
That was a wake up call for Sumer who, with proper guidance from other organic farmers, took up organic farming.
Today, he grows vegetables, pulses, chickpeas and millets. More cultivation is restricted due to water shortage and quality of soil.
Speaking of profits, he says, “I’ve been practising this model of cultivation for the past six years. Neither my family nor myself have felt the need to spend a single pie on hospital bills. I consider that as my greatest profit.”
His neighbours and family members completely depend upon his vegetables, he claims.
Sukh Darshan, who regularly buys onions from his farm, says, “We have been buying vegetables from Sumer ji for quite some time now. There are notable differences between organic onions and those bought from the market. Apart from adding flavour to the food, we are also able to preserve it for a long time.”
Sumer implements his own ideas in farming. For example, he grows onions on one acre of land, and instead of using plastic for the purpose of mulching, he uses stubble. This keeps the soil moist for a longer time. The method is effective for similar places with water scarcity.
He harvests about 80 quintals of onion from one acre.
Usually onions are stored in sacks, which leads to its press down and spoilage due to heat. In order to avoid this wastage, Sumer hangs the onions in bundles. This way even if one or two are damaged, they can be easily removed which restricts the spoilage of the produce.
“You have to hang them just like shopkeepers hang bananas. This will keep them in the air and they will be safe for many months,” says Sumer. This method can keep onions safe for about three to four months.
He has also hung a few quintals of onions as an experiment to see if they can be preserved for a year and a half.
Similar innovations are followed for each crop to increase their shelf-life naturally. He says, “There is risk in all agriculture related work, be it organic or chemical. But this does not mean that farmers should hesitate to try new experiments and move forward. I appeal to all the farmers to cultivate crops through organic farming techniques.”
Contact Sumer Singh to know more about organic farming techniques on 9991634300.
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Former Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always been a trend-setting celebrity. From his unique game strategy to his hobbies, MS Dhoni has always amazed us. After a successful cricketing career of almost 16 years, he took retirement from International Cricket.  
Since then, MS Dhoni is seen indulging in different conventional & unconventional activities. One such great venture is farming in his farmhouse in Ranchi, Jharkhand. MS Dhoni has been growing many organic fruits & vegetables on about 10-acre land in his 43-acre farmhouse in Ranchi.
The fruits & vegetables grown in MS Dhoni’s land include tomatoes, cabbage, strawberries, peas & more. The tomatoes & cabbages from his farm are said to have a huge demand in the local market of Ranchi.
It seems like M S Dhoni is all set to take his farming business to a global platform. According to reports, vegetables from his farm will be sold in the markets of Dubai. Jharkhand’s Agriculture Department has taken up all the responsibilities of sending these organic fresh produces from Ranchi to Dubai. 
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Apart from horticulture, he has also started to work on animal husbandry on his farm. As per reports, 75 cows of breeds such as Sahiwal are being reared in MS Dhoni’s farmhouse.  Dhoni also started his own batch of 2,000 black “Kadaknath” chickens in his organic poultry unit, which is located in Ranchi.
The meat of Kadaknath chicken has a GI tag and is perceived for its delicious taste with dark flesh and dark blood. It is liberated from cholesterol & fat. Kadaknath chicken is additionally called Kali Masi (Fowl with Dark Tissues), it is an Indian type of Chicken.
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Kadaknath chicken is considered sacred & sacrificed to Goddess after the Diwali Festival. There are 3 assortments namely jet black, penciled & golden. The variety’s meat has a fat substance of around 0.75-1% contrasted with 15-25% of the other chicken breeds. The meat from this variety has GI sign label affirmed by the Indian government on 30th July 2018 
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'Farm to Trunk' Orlando non-profit gives organic produce to people in need – WMFE

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Produce that will be given out in paper bags by Farm to Trunk. Photo: Crystal Tisme

For a lot of people, the Covid-19 pandemic shed light on a number of truths. For Kim K. Johnson, that truth has to do with her life purpose. When much of society shut down and she lost her job at the start of the pandemic, Johnson saw a need and founded an organization called Farm to Trunk
“I saw a Facebook post from an organic farmer that I followed for a number of years out of Fort Pierce – Brown’s family farm. And they had lost every way they had of selling their organic produce. And in that moment, Farm to Trunk was birthed,” Johnson says.
 Farm to Trunk is a non-profit that raises money to buy fresh produce from local organic farmers and gives it to Central Floridians in need of food. Johnson runs the organization out of her home in Orlando.
She estimates that Farm to Trunk has given out more than 3,600 bags of food and each bag feeds up to four people. The benefit to local farmers has been more than $40,000 in sales. 
Johnson says she knows there are lots of organizations that give people food, but she believes Farm to Trunk stands out because of the quality of what it’s giving away.
“We are not giving people food on the verge of going bad,” she says. “We have experienced opportunities to get food donated to us that had ‘best by’ dates on it – day of, next day, produce that was donated to us by grocery stores, and what we determined, what we discovered was that the produce that we would get from those methods didn’t hold up. Within a day or two the produce was going bad. That is not the case when you are getting fresh, just-harvested locally grown produce.”
Johnson says her long term goals are simple – help provide food in areas where there are food deserts, help provide more food to people who do not have enough, and help her community be more self-sufficient.
“We have a fabulous three-year goal of driving a modern, mobile food truck into food deserts here in Orlando- well, Central Florida,” Johnson says. The food truck would bring opportunities to buy organic produce to people with lower incomes who may live in areas without stores that sell fresh food. Customers could pay using cash or SNAP benefits.
Johnson says if COVID taught her anything, it’s that we need to be able to provide for the people in our communities no matter what’s happening elsewhere. And she believes that starts with food. 
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Triquetra Health Launches Flora Biome Organic, Fermented "Living-Probiotic" with Prebiotics & Postbiotics – PRNewswire

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TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Triquetra Health, a health supplement company specializing in holistic health solutions optimized by science, has released Flora Biome, a 3-in-1 prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic that is derived from a holistic fermentation process of 10 fundamental probiotic strains and 19 medicinal herbs.
Flora Biome, a 3-in-1 prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic that is derived from a holistic fermentation process.
Probiotics are referred to as healthy bacteria and microbiome that have a beneficial role, particularly for the digestive system. Prebiotics, on the other hand, function as food or energy that promotes the growth and health of probiotics or good bacteria. Postbiotics are nourishing by-products of probiotics that repair and restore the gut and maintain a balanced gut microbiome. 
The most noteworthy aspect of Flora Biome is the fact that it is derived from fermentation and delivered in a fermented liquid form. Each bottle of the product contains a living ecosystem of perfectly balanced microbiome that delivers not only the probiotics, but also the prebiotics, lactic acid bacteria, enzymes, and postbiotics necessary for vital health. Fermentation is also responsible for producing naturally occurring postbiotics that are extremely beneficial, but found rarely in probiotics.
"Fermentation is synonymous with life. The digestive system of humans as well as all animals operates using fermentation. It was once a foundational practice in the preservation of our foods, but seemingly faded with the advent of artificial preservatives that are a staple of modern food production. We are excited to be introducing a product that leverages this foundational natural process plus current scientific understanding of the essential probiotic strains for human gut health," explained Sean Gill, CEO of Triquetra Health.

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Global Organic Pigments Market Poised for Consistent Growth: Projected to Grow at a CAGR of 6.9% by 2027 | BlueWeave – Yahoo Finance

Noida, Nov. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global organic pigments market is growing at a high CAGR owing to several factors. Growing construction and manufacturing activities, coupled with increasing adoption rates for sustainable and organic pigments, are driving the growth prospects for the global organic pigments market….

A recent study conducted by the strategic consulting and market research firm BlueWeave Consulting revealed that the organic pigments market was worth USD 5.3 billion in the year 2020. According to the study, the market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.9%, earning revenue of around USD 8.4 billion by the end of 2027. The global organic pigments market is gaining significant traction because of various driving factors. The primary factors driving the growth of the market are the increasing demand from end-use industries, such as printing ink, paint, and coatings, and the growing urbanization rates in both developed and developing countries. Additionally, the flourishing textile and automobile industry, especially in emerging economies like India and China, is significantly driving the growth of global organic pigments market.
Organic pigments are used to make medium and high-energy dispersal dyes used in polyester. Such pigments offer a variety of shades and physical properties. However, the adverse side effects of synthetic organic pigments on the environment may be a major restraining factor for the growth of the global organic pigments market.
Growing demand for organic pigments in electronic manufacturing industry is expected to drive the market
Electronic manufacturers have ramped up their operations in response to the ongoing pandemic. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Economic Indicators, manufacturing output increased by about 1.2% in August 2021 from July 2021, indicating a steady increase in manufacturing activity across the United States. The thriving manufacturing is positively impacting the growth of the electronics segment. As a result, such growth is fuelling the demand for organic pigments. Coatings and paintings on electronic components could also be achieved using organic pigments. The use of organic pigment coatings is advantageous since organic pigments are more insulating than inorganic materials. End users are offered a seamless experience without having to worry about frequent electric shocks. The market for organic pigments is positively affected by these factors.
Flourishing paints and coatings industry favoring the global organic pigments market
Organic pigments are prominently used in the paints and coatings industry; therefore it is one of the major factors driving the overall market growth. The use of advanced manufacturing techniques enables the production of high-opacity organic pigments. In addition to their bright colors and purity, these pigments usually provide high color strength. With increasing construction activities, especially in developing countries, the demand for paints and coatings is expected to surge for architectural paints. This surge is anticipated to fuel the growth of the global organic pigments market.
According to the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, the Indian construction industry is all set to witness substantial growth in the coming years. The construction industry is anticipated to register a growth rate of 7.1% per year. According to the same estimates, cement production grew by 21.8% in over a year from July 2020 to July 2021, indicating potential growth for the coating industries as the growth of the cement industry indicates a positive demand for construction activities. Since organic pigments happen to be less harmful than synthetic pigments in developing coatings for construction activities, the thriving coating industry bolsters the growth of the global organic pigments market.
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Global Organic Pigments Market – By Application
The global organic pigments market is segmented into printing inks, paints & coatings, plastics, and others, based on applications. The printing ink segment accounts for the largest share of the market since printing ink is prominently used to create attractive packaging for products. Printing inks are also used on other materials, such as newspapers, advertisement banners, plastics, metals, and glass. The inks are also cost-effective because they are applied as a very thin layer to the surface. On the other hand, the paints & coatings segment also covers a substantial share in the market as organic pigments are widely used to add hues to paints used in the construction industry.
Global Organic Pigments Market – Regional Insights
Geographically, the global organic pigments market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle-East & Africa. The Asia-Pacific region dominates the organic pigments market and is also projected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Emerging economies like Japan, India, China, etc., present lucrative growth opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Textile and automobile production is also witnessing a boom over the past few decades in the APAC countries. As a result, the demand for organic pigment for painting inks, and paintings & coatings is expected to surge during the forecast period in this region, propelling the growth of the global organic pigments market.
Impact of COVID-19 on Global Organic Pigments Market
After the WHO declared the COVID-19 as a pandemic in March 2020, government authorities across the world took immediate actions to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus. To mitigate the spread of the virus, the government ordered the immediate shutdown of the factories, manufactures, and other human contact-based activities. It caused a significant negative impact on the growth of the organic pigment market, with a negative growth rate in 2020.
A halt in the production of raw materials and synthetic organic pigments, including natural gas, petroleum, and other carbon-containing components, adversely affected the market. Many major end-user industries using organic pigments went out of business, resulting in a sharp decline in demand for these products, negatively impacting the market's growth. However, the growing number of vaccination rollouts are providing some rejuvenation to the market, which may enhance the growth of the global organic pigments market in the coming years.
Global Organic Pigments Market – Competitive Landscape
The leading players in the global organic pigments market are BASF SE, VOXCO Pigments and Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Clariant AG, Vipul Organics Ltd., Colorwen International Corporation, Vibfast Pigments Pvt Ltd., DIC Corporation, Trust Chem Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Han-Color Chemical Co. Ltd., Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited, Heubach GmbH, Brenntag SE, Indian Chemical Industries, Koel Colours Pvt Ltd., Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ferro Corporation, Synthesia, a.s., Jet-Mate Canada Inc., Neelikon Food Colors & Chemicals Ltd., The Chemours Company, and other prominent players. Various global and regional players dominate the organic pigments market. The companies offer a wide variety of products to meet the demand arising from various end-user industries. Additionally, the growing emphasis on the development of sustainable products has positively impacted the company’s allocation of investments toward the research and development of organic pigments, which has resulted in some players receiving a higher market share in the global organic pigments market.
In June 2021, the DIC Corporation acquired BASF's global pigment operations, BASF Colors & Effects (BCE). The company plans to reexamine its business forecasts soon. The acquisition was first announced on August 29, 2019, when the DIC Corporation declared an agreement with BASF to acquire its BCE business involving assets, technologies, and others. Since then, DIC Group and BASF were working on establishing a mutual ground to close this transaction.
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Organic Food Global Market Report 2021 – Yahoo Finance

DUBLIN, Nov. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The "Organic Food Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Growth and Change to 2030" report has been added to's offering.
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Competitive landscape gives a description of the competitive nature of the market, market shares, and a description of the leading companies. Key financial deals which have shaped the market in recent years are identified.
The trends and strategies section analyses the shape of the market as it emerges from the crisis and suggests how companies can grow as the market recovers.
Major players in the organic food market are General Mills Inc., Cargill, Inc., Danone, United Natural Foods Inc. and Amy's Kitchen.

The global organic food market is expected to grow from $201.77 billion in 2020 to $221.37 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7%. The growth is mainly due to the companies resuming their operations and adapting to the new normal while recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $380.84 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 14.5%.

The organic food market consists of sales of organic food and beverages and related services. The production of organic food involves practices that promote ecological balance and aim to conserve biodiversity. These food products do not use any food additive or industrial solvent.

The organic food market covered in this report is segmented by product type into organic meat, poultry & dairy, organic fruits & vegetables, organic bread & bakery, organic beverages, organic processed food, other organic products. It is also segmented by application into conventional retailers, natural sales channels, others and by distribution channel into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience store, specialty stores, online stores.

The regions covered in this report are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa.

Low shelf life of organic food and beverages compared to conventional foods and beverage products is restraining the organic food market. For instance, in a research conducted by MSNBC, it was reported that the shelf life of organic food product tends to be shorter than conventional produce. Similarly, some researchers found that many organic foods had higher levels of bacteria than conventional products that cause food to spoil. As organic food is not exposed to the similar amount of preservatives that of conventional food, organic food tends to be prone to bacteria attacks and has a shorter shelf life. For example, organic food products like turnip greens, mustard greens, and endive have a very short shelf life with shrinkage percentage of 50%. Thus, high packaging, logistics and distribution costs to increase shelf life is limiting the growth of the organic food market.

The organic food market is regulated by authorities such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to ensure high quality standard of food product is maintained. For instance, EFSA oversees whether labelling is used to mislead consumer on the nutritive proportions of a product in the EU. EFSA performs occasional checks on the nutritional value to check whether correct labelling has been used or not. In order to maintain transparency and effectiveness, regulatory authorities have come up with strict food labelling regulations for the organic food market.

Increasing health concerns due to growing number of chemical poisoning cases globally is acting as a driver in the organic food market. Consumers are becoming more health conscious owing to the harmful effects caused by the presence of chemical pesticides in food products. The toxicity of chemical pesticides in food products can cause cancer, hormone disruption and birth defects. According to an UN report, around 200,000 people die every year due to toxic effects of pesticides in food products. This is causing consumers to shift their focus towards organic food products.

Companies in the organic food market are focusing on introduction of new product categories and varieties. Organic food manufacturers are coming up with new and innovative organic food products in the form of ready-to-eat snacks, cookies, organic tea, pulses, spices, edible flowers, frozen waffles, medical plants, herbs and organic juices. For example, Lidl, an organic grocery chain is coming up with 28 new and innovative organic food products to choose from. Similarly, Nestle plans to launch new and innovative organic milk products in India.

The countries covered in the market report are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK, USA.

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1. Executive Summary

2. Organic Food Market Characteristics

3. Organic Food Market Trends and Strategies

4. Impact Of COVID-19 On Organic Food

5. Organic Food Market Size and Growth
5.1. Global Organic Food Historic Market, 2015-2020, $ Billion
5.1.1. Drivers Of the Market
5.1.2. Restraints On the Market
5.2. Global Organic Food Forecast Market, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
5.2.1. Drivers Of the Market
5.2.2. Restraints On the Market

6. Organic Food Market Segmentation
6.1. Global Organic Food Market, Segmentation by Product Type, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
Organic Meat
Poultry & Dairy
Organic Fruits & Vegetables
Organic Bread & Bakery
Organic Beverages
Organic Processed Food
Other Organic Products
6.2. Global Organic Food Market, Segmentation by Application, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
Conventional Retailers
Natural Sales Channels
6.3. Global Organic Food Market, Segmentation by Distribution Channel, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
Convenience Store
Specialty Stores
Online Stores
7. Organic Food Market Regional and Country Analysis
7.1. Global Organic Food Market, Split by Region, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
7.2. Global Organic Food Market, Split by Country, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
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She explained to in-person and virtual event attendees that much of that surge was due to last year’s pantry loading and brand exploration due to limited supplies of more familiar products and a desire to bring something new into their homes.
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The pandemic “continues to positively impact the industry today. People tried those new brands, and in many cases they stuck with them, especially those across the food and beverage categories,”​ she said. “In addition, health and wellness in supporting our immune health became top priorities for us during the pandemic, and this continues to also persist and help grow our industry in 2021.”
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She added natural and organic food and beverage sales are growing about 7% in 2021 – lower than the 9% growth last year, but still notably higher than the 5% in 2019 before the pandemic.
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Nature's Path snags majority stake in organic flour miller – Food Business News

RICHMOND, BC. — Nature’s Path, an organic breakfast and snack food company, has acquired a majority interest in Anita’s Organic Mill. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Chilliwack, BC, Anita’s is a miller and manufacturer of organic whole grain flours. The company sources organic grain from farmers across Canada, which is then stone-milled onsite at its facility in Chilliwack. Anita’s Chilliwack facility also houses a retail and bulk packaging plant, as well as an on-site bakery that serves as a test kitchen for education and development.
“We have been a customer of Anita’s Organic Mill since 2015 and have been using their flour in some of our top-selling products, like our Heritage Flakes and Flax Plus cereals,” said Arjan Stephens, general manager of Nature’s Path. “Throughout our relationship, we have been continuously impressed by the quality of Anita’s flour as well as the company’s passionate commitment to always being organic.”
Jayda Smith, co-owner and general manager of Anita’s, highlighted the “many synergies” between Anita’s and Nature’s Path.
“Just like Nature’s Path, we have dedicated ourselves to always being organic and non-GMO,” Ms. Smith said. “We also share a commitment to sustainability, by making products that are good for both people and the planet. We could not be more excited about this partnership, and the future growth it represents for Anita’s.”
Anita’s said it will retain its own distinct branding and join the Nature’s Path family of brands, including Love Crunch, EnviroKidz and Que Pasa.
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