Spraying water on 60 ha of flowering pear trees at sunrise after a cold spring night to prevent freezing temperatures from damaging the flowers.
New EU regulations have a target that 25% of all European crops to be grown organically by 2030. Less than 3% of Belgian apple production is organic, with about 25% less productivity but a 50% higher price. It takes three years to convert a farm from conventional to organic, a period when the declining yields have to be sold at the conventional price. The increasingly erratic climate also makes organic fruit precarious to grow, as farmers have fewer remedies for related plant diseases. Conventional agriculture standards in Europe are very similar to organic standards in the U.S.
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