Spinach growers see increased demand

March 22, 2017

The popularity of packaged salads has fueled increasing demand for organic spinach, but the success of the product has come with growing pains—namely, a fungal disease so widespread and destructive that it threatens the viability of the crop.


The race has intensified to find solutions to downy mildew, a problem especially difficult for organic farmers because there is currently no effective fungicide approved for organic production. Organic farmers rely largely on resistant spinach varieties to ward off the disease.


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