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New report shows growing non GMO market

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Agriculture Industry Today posted an article today called Global non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Amy’s Kitchen, Nature’s Path, Organic Valley and The Hain Celestial

The article reports that Research and Markets, the worlds largest market research store, has announced that they have added a GMO report to their offering. According to the research companies website, theGlobal non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018 report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Non-GMO Food market for the period 2013-2018.

Few topics in the food/agriculture industry are as controversial and heavily discussed as genetically modified organisms also known as GMOs. Arguments championing both sides of the issue have grown beyond the scientists and have found their way into everyday consumer discourse. Some giant corporations proudly stand by their GMO products while some brands proudly showcase their non GMO badge. While the disagreement ensues, one thing is certain, the demand for non GMO products is on the rise.

This new research indicates that analysts forecast the Global Non-GMO Food market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.92 percent over the period 2013-2018. Consumers, which is everyone who eats food, are becoming more aware of the types of food they are eating. The Farm to Table approach to food has become a major craze in the United States, and as reports surface of Europe banning certain types of foods, eating is becoming a more conscience activity.

Add in reports of climate change, environmental pollution, and growing obesity numbers; and the process of how food is grown, manufactured and consumed, further fuels the GMO dialogue. GMOs are plants created to be immune to specific diseases thus reducing the number of crops that are lost because of plant infestations. If crops can be created that are not vulnerable to the diseases that affect them, it results in growing more crops that can feed more people.

On the flip side, as this report points out, such modification in the genes of the crops and foods has resulted many health and environmental risks. As a result, more consumers in the US, Japan, Europe, Canada, and other nations are demanding non-GMO foods as it is better for their health and has lower environmental risks.

This report mentions brands that have taken the lead in providing a variety of non-GMO products. Providing these types of options means they have a source of origin that is also non-GMO. This is where farmers come into the picture. Pest and diseases are sometimes inevitable in farming, especially in large commercial farms. Using harsh pesticides and other chemicals to try and keep plants healthy hurt the environment, which in turn can contribute to climate change, and finally, create conditions where GMO s can step in. Its a cycle that can lead to long term consequences.

How then can this cycle be broken? The cycle is broken when farmers use all natural methods to growing and maintaining the health of their crops. Pests and diseases can wreak havoc but there are natural fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers that will restore a plant’s health and make it less susceptible to diseases. Using harsh chemicals might work faster, but overtime can cause more harm than good.

At Vegalab we believe in creating products that give farmers an opportunity to grow healthy crops while being good to the environment. Long gone are the days when we were forced to treat our plants and other crops with harsh agents. These chemicals seep into our food, our water, and pollute our environment, leaving us and our children vulnerable to potential health issues.

Our scientists are using compounds that are new to the current market and have never been introduced into current commercial agricultural methods. Our research has led us to extract and find substances from specific plants and develop new practices that differ from the current trends and methodology seen in the farming world. We use micronization and amplification technologies to make healthier and highly effective natural products.

Though the topic of GMOs arent going away anytime, the growing demand for non-GMO foods is creating new food choices and forcing us all to take a closer look at the foods we eat and how they are grown.

How do you feel about GMOs? Share your thoughts with us!

Vegalab's Exhibit at the FCI Trade Summit Proved to be a Success

Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, successfully showcased their all natural line of sustainable products at this years 2014 Farm Chemical International (FCI) Trade Summit in Las Vegas.

This years FCI Trade Summit had record breaking attendance.Vegalab was on hand to with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers.

Among the products they displayed were Vegalabs Nematode Control product which earlier this spring proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations. Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide thats built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include: Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab also featured their consumer line SUPREME GROWERS thats targeted to the small farmer and home gardener. Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growers products are made in the USA, are all natural, and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use. They are formulated to provide the same high quality results that commercial farmers are already enjoying in a way thats scaled for the everyday consumer.

About Vegalab LLC

Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERSbrands for rapid growth and advancement. The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture. Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A.

The Importance of Micronutrients and its Global Impact

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A recent report by Transparency Market Research states that the global market for micronutrients was valued at USD 4.37 billion last year, and is anticipated to reach 7.59 billion by 2020. This forecast is based on factors around the world such as depleting arable land and a higher demand for quality and uniform yield. This report and the upcoming Farm Chemical Trade (FCI) Summit are pushing micronutrients into the spotlight.

Technology is changing agriculture around the world and those changes can be felt from the large farms to the home gardener. The ability to research healthy soil and plant practices is resulting in ever more cost effective and sustainable ways to grow robust crops. This is especially true when it comes to micronutrients. All living organisms need micronutrients for optimal health and performance, especially plants.

Micronutrients are essential nutrients required by plants in smaller (micro) quantities, whereas macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and potassium are needed in larger (macro) quantities.  Sometimes referred to as minor or trace elements, micronutrients include iron, boron, copper, chloride, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, and cobalt. Managing micronutrients can be challenging for growers since routine soil tests do not test for all micronutrient concentrations. Applying organic matter such as composts, grass clippings, or crop residues can help add micronutrients to the soil.

Micronutrients are not less important than macronutrients in crop nutrient management plans because they are needed in smaller quantities. Micronutrients promote better yields, photosynthesis, and greater soil health and thus, should be considered essential for overall crop health:

  • Manganese acts as a catalyst in enzymatic processes in plants.
  • Boron has an important role in the circulation of sugars.
  • Copper promotes photosynthesis in plants.
  • Iron contributes to the formation of proteins.
  • Zinc acts as an activator and participates in the formation of growth hormones.
  • Molybdenum is an essential element in the synthesis of amino acids from the nitrogen absorbed.

FCI Trade Summit speaker Dr. Raymond Hoyum, recently posted an article on Farm Chemical Internationals website that supports what the Transparency Market Research reveals. He sees micronutrients as global business opportunity and points out thatwhether crops are grown under adequate moisture conditions or in low soil moisture environments, attention to micronutrient availability is both a growing concern and a growing marketing opportunity for micronutrient suppliers.

Now more than ever, its important for micronutrient suppliers and everyone in the agricultural field to remember that responsible agriculture is as important as increasing yield.

At Vegalab we create products that are environmentally responsible. Our PRO line of fertilizers and is a powerful and extensive range of macro, secondary, and micronutrients. They provide the essential elements to maintain optimal crop growth. These fertilizers are constructed with organic acids and natural complexing agents that aid in the absorption of nutrients to greatly reduce the amount of chemical runoff and volatile compounds inside the soil. This in turn stimulates necessary crop growth and ensures the safety of important beneficial insects and microorganisms.

As the conversation about micronutrients continues, its critical to keep in mind the industrys responsibility to create sustainable products that will protect the environment. David Selakovic, who manages Vegalabs corporate headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, is committed to the companys vision of a healthy agricultural environment. Read more about it here.

Autism Linked to Pesticides

Why Eco-responsible products are more important than ever before

Today show host Natalie Morales gave a report on a new study that finds that pregnant women who live near farmland where pesticides are used have a higher chance of giving birth to children with autism or other developmental issues.

Scientific America also published a lengthy article that gets more in depth about the growing number of autism cases in the country and the environmental factors that are playing a role.http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/autism-rise-driven-by-environment/

This study is bringing further attention to the social and economical impact that these harmful synthetic pesticide chemicals can have on all of us. Around the world there are countries that are taking action by banning agricultural products that are harmful to the environment. The idea that pesticides are harmful is nothing new. An 1989 New York Times Story reads a lot like what we read today about pesticides and food contamination.

One part of the article states:  Among the N.R.D.C.’s findings: Between 5,500 and 6,200 of today’s preschoolers may get cancer sometime in their life solely because of their exposure to eight pesticides in amounts typically found in fruits and vegetables – amounts that are well within Federal limits.

America has been on alert about pesticides for more than a quarter of a century; reading the Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is a reminder.  Carsons book came out in 1962 where she expressed the environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides.

Fortunately, there is a growing awareness towards eco-responsibility but we still have a long way to go.

Technology has allowed us to find innovative ways to develop products that help farmers grow healthy crops without leaving a devastating chemical footprint. Long gone are the days when we were forced to treat our plants and other crops with harsh agents. These chemicals seep into our food, our water, and pollute our environment, leaving us and our children vulnerable to potential health issues.

Scientist s and researches will say that direct correlation hasn't been made, but why wait? Reducing health concerns can happen right now by making the switch to natural pesticides and products.

Our scientists are using compounds that are new to the current market and have never been introduced into current commercial agricultural practices. Our research has led us to extract and find substances from specific plants and develop new practices that differ from the current trends and methodology seen in the farming world.  We use micronization and amplification technologies to make healthier natural products.

Yes, switching from potentially dangerous pesticides and other chemicals to natural ones can be costly. But what price are we paying for the continued use of these chemicals?

The point is that there are sustainable and environmentally responsible alternatives. Why wait for more studies to come out linking harmful pesticides to health problems? Lets make the change now. What are your thoughts?

The Decline of the HoneyBees

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For most farmers and commercial growers in the US, honey bees are responsible for carrying out pollination, a process that is essential for the production of many crops including tree nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables. It is estimated that honey bee pollination contributes more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Yet there is a growing consensus amongst the farming and scientific communities that honey bee populations are in decline in the US.

The number of managed honey bee populations in the US have declined 50% from over 5 million in the 1940s to 2.5 million currently, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service. While farmers and commercial bee keepers have documented losses in honey bee populations, a phenomenon termed Colony Collapse Disorder; they are not the only ones. Groups such as the Great Sunflower Project have engaged the general public in taking counts of the number of pollinators they observe in their urban, suburban, and rural settings to better understand what is happening. Diseases and the indiscriminate usage of neonicotinoid pesticides are believed to have contributed to an overall decline in honey bee populations.

To help the honey bees, there are several recommendations we can take. For one, do not apply pesticides indiscriminately or during the mid-day when bees are most active. Secondly, consider planting pollinator-friendly plants (see www.nappc.org) that will attract bees.  An even better suggestion would be to apply Vegalabs Pollen Boost to help attract more pollinators (including honey bees) to your plants.

New Discovery on How Plants Communicate

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The Science Daily recently posted an article about Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech,  that has made an amazing discovering in the way plants communicate.

Westwood discovered that during aparasitic relationshipplants exchanged thousands of molecules to tell each other what the other plant should do. He specifically observed how the dodder, a life sucking parasitic plant, interacted with two host plants: the Arabidopsis and tomatoes.

He discovered that during this parasitic interaction, there is a transport of RNA between the two species. RNA translates information passed down from DNA, which is an organism’s blueprint.

This discovery has exciting ramifications that, as the article points out, begs the question what exactly is being said during these molecular conversations? Not only will this discovery further advance the industry, it will also give scientists new insight into ways to fight parasitic weeds that wreak havoc on food crops in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Scientists are now able to dig a bit further to determine if other organisms such as bacteria and fungi also exchange information in the same way. This research can help tackle issues of food scarcity and thus help increase yields around the globe.

A quote on in a press release  by Virginia Tech states: Parasitic plants such as witchweed and broomrape are serious problems for legumes and other crops that help feed some of the poorest regions in Africa and elsewhere, said Julie Scholes, a professor at the University of Sheffield, U.K., who is familiar with Westwoods work but was not part of this project. In addition to shedding new light on host-parasite communication, Westwoods findings have exciting implications for the design of novel control strategies based on disrupting the mRNA information that the parasite uses to reprogram the host.”

Professor Scholes makes a great point. The potential effect Westwoods findings can have on the agricultural product industry are significant. As a formulator and manufacturer of agricultural products rooted in sustainability, were always looking for discoveries like this from which we can learn. Our scientists have dedicated years to biological research to successfully develop control products that are highly effective and environmentally safe.

Understanding how plants, bacteria, and fungi communicate, will improve the way all-natural fertilizers and pesticides are developed while reducing the demand for harsh chemical products. Our products have proven that combating pests, diseases, and other environmental stressors can be done naturally. This new discovery works to further elevate the work that we’ve been doing.

If we can understand communication on this level, we have the ability to interrupt communication between plants, bacteria, and fungi that post a threat to healthy crops. Imagine the possibilities of being able to gather plant intelligence that can be used to defeat threats to healthy crops.

Agriculture and Climate Change are Connected on a Global Scale

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The topic of climate change is not new to the global dialogue. Climate Change is a broad, complex topic and thus far there isnt one single solution on how to resolve it. However, scientists are gaining a broader perspective of the factors causing climate change and what can be done to reduce the damage being done.

Perhaps the biggest industry affected by climate change is agriculture, and agriculture is responsible for contributing to climate change. The two are different sides of the same coin. Climate change is responsible for temperature changes, carbon dioxide, glacial melting, and the negative consequences that occur as a result of all of these things. On the other side, current agricultural practices produce and releases green house gases and disrupt the soils ecosystem via harsh chemicals.

The increasing use of synthetic fertilizers and harsh pesticides are damaging the soil and releasing toxins into the air and water supply.

A study done by scientists at the University of California-Berkley (reported in the journal Nature Geoscience) found that synthetic fertilizer use is responsible for a massive increase in potent green house gases. There are also a significant number of studies demonstrating the devastating effects chemical pesticides. Both, contribute to soil erosion and degradation; disrupting the entire ecosystem. Healthy soil is essential to food security around the world.

Large agriculture tends to use harsh pesticides to quickly combat pests and diseases that are a threat to their crop and ultimately their yields. The problem is that these pesticides often times destroy beneficial organisms and nutrients necessary for healthy plants. Additionally, overusing these chemicals can actually stimulate the growth of harmful bacteria requiring ever more powerful chemicals. In order to restore these nutrients potent synthetic fertilizers need to be used.

The result according to the World Wild Life Organization: The loss of fertile soil makes land less productive for agriculture, creates new deserts, pollutes waterways and can alter how water flows through the landscape, potentially making flooding more common.

In order to mitigate climate change and break the cycle, the agriculture industry must begin to embrace the use of natural and organic fertilizers and pesticides .There are those that believe that natural and organic agriculture can't feed the worlds growing population because of lower yields however, this mentality will only serve to worsen the problem.

Environmentally safe practices work to build the soil and maintain an ecological balance while reducing the number of emissions of carbon dioxide and other green house gases. Our team of scientists have discovered methods and technologies for extracting the purest essential; oils from plants that naturally ward of pests and harmful diseases.

Following extraction, our laboratories micronize and amplify these natural oils to increase their effectiveness and reduce the amounts of pesticides required. The result is a range of products designed to help farmers combat pests and diseases without degrading and destroying the environment.

This is the future. We have tested our products around the world on farms of all sizes and on a variety of crops. Technology is always expanding and we are there on the forefront to create products that can help lead the industry into a much more sustainable future.

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