A look at sustainable farming trends in South Africa

18 February 2020. According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security. Read more…

Organic wines popular with the French

15 November 2019. The organic wine industry is now worth more than a billion euros in the French market and as much as 1.5 billion euros including exports. And revenue is expected to increase further due to strong demand. According to a survey commissioned by Agence Bio and conducted by OpinionWay, 48% of French people want to find more organic wines in their usual places of purchase. Super/hypermarkets have taken this on board and continue to broaden their range. Their involvement has been rewarded as this is where organic wine sales grew the most in 2018 (+23%), reaching nearly 200 million euros. The increase now places them on a par with wine merchants (202 million euros) and specialist stores (218 million euros). Direct-to-consumer sales post revenue of €435 million.

12% of vineyards are organic

Current demand is outstripping production. 94,000 ha of vines, or 12% of French vineyard area, are now farmed organically (certified + conversion), and to meet demand, switch-overs are increasing with a surge of 63% in 2018. “In Occitania, there were 2,138 organic wine firms in 2018, an increase of 18.6% in one year. Areas in the conversion phase have increased by 70%”, said Thierry Julien, chairman of France Vin Bio.

More and more switch-overs

In New Aquitaine, the number of organic firms reached 1,085 (+13%/2017) and areas converting to organic increased by 62%. In the Loire and Centre-Loire Valley, the number of firms totalled around 500 (+13%) and areas being converted to organic have risen by 50%.

Source: Vitisphere.

Comment: Accordong to the AAWE global organic vineyards stand at 403 000 ha (5.4% of global vineyards) reaching 545 000 ha by 2022. Spain (9%), Italy (10%) and Austria (11%) are the other leaders. Industry sources estimate South Africa at less than 2% (1 860 ha).

Organic farming, a “beautiful but impossible fairy tale.”

14 March 2019 – Italian scientists oppose proposed organic regulation. The researchers argue that organic farming, if adopted on a global scale, is unsustainable and would lead to weakened nutritional security. Read more…

New Report: UK Consumers Want More Organic Everything

19 February 2019 – The newly released 2019 Organic Market report demonstrates how products branded as organic are becoming the go-to products for the healthy, the environmental and the socially conscious.  Read more…

Organic, natural, biodynamic… What next for wine?

13 February 2019 – Wine has been popular for centuries: but as consumers becoming increasingly concerned about sustainability there’s huge potential for niche categories – such as organic, natural and biodynamic – to grow. BeverageDaily puts the spotlight on the trends the industry will be seeing more of in the coming years. Read more…

Unexpectedly huge interest in organic grape cultivation in South Africa

15 May 2018 – One of the barriers to converting to organic cultivation is that various conventional grape varieties are not suitable for organic cultivation. The increasing droughts are another reason for growers to consider converting to organic methods. Read more…

Is Organic Really Better?

7 February 2018 – Here are four common, pervasive myths about GMOs and organic foods. Understanding what the science says can help consumers ensure that they choose the food that will best keep them healthy. Read more…