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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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Organic Farming in the EU - (Markets Briefs of DG AGRI)

Organic Farming in the EU - (Markets Briefs of DG AGRI) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

This growing demand for organic products is matched by a rapidly growing production: EU organic area increased by 70% in the last ten years and organic retail sales reached 34 billion € in 2017, providing farmers with further added value on their production.

Organic production is characterised by a significantly lower yield than under conventional production. The gap is particularly important for wheat, with a yield ranging between 40% (Germany) and 85% (Italy) of conventional yields. The gap for organic maize yields and milk yields is lower, but may still represent a strong disincentive if not compensated by higher prices.

Lower yields seem however to be counterbalanced by higher producer prices. In Germany, organic wheat producers received up to 150% price premium over conventional prices.

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Download the report: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/market-brief-organic-farming-in-the-eu_mar2019_en.pdf

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Organic, non-GMO flour verification continues to be vital | World Grain

Organic, non-GMO flour verification continues to be vital | World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Organic and non-GMO are two certifications that carry a lot of weight with certain consumers. From a functionality standpoint, flours made from these crops perform the same as their conventional counterparts in a bakery formulation. A new trend of consuming that might change the agricultures and supply chains deserving them (grain sourcing, transportation and milled ingredient production). Better transparency and robust standards are still in need.

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