M&S, the Co-op, Tesco, and Sainsbury's have announced that they no longer require their producers to use non GM feed for farm animals. The excuse is that there isn't sufficient non GM feed to go around and anyway, it's not detectable in things like eggs, milk or chicken, i.e. there's no need to worry, it's all perfectly safe sort of thing. So, forget all that you're worth it rubbish - we're clearly not.
14 April 2013 | 7 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Charles Redfern:
An old acquaintance of mine, Jean Verdier, is president of Synabio (the Organic Trade Board equivalent in France). He recently sent me a link to an interview he gave on French TV.
20 November 2012 | 4 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Roger Mortlock:
Over 90% of people who have responded to our online shopping survey so far said they would buy more organic food if only it were available. It seems that we are constantly being told that demand for organic food is declining. Yet the initial results from our survey are telling a very different story. Lack of availability is becoming increasingly frustrating for people who want to choose organic and we know most organic consumers are unable to find the full range of organic products they want to buy during their regular shop. That’s why we’ve extended the survey beyond Organic September to try and get a fuller picture of this unmet organic demand. So if you haven’t had the chance then let us know your experiences of finding organic in store, please let us know before the end of October.
02 October 2012 | 4 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Tim Young:
We're in the morning discussion session of today's conference, and Julian Walker-Palin the Asda representative on the panel has been taking a bit of stick with questions from the floor. In response he made a good point, well - the views of his customers (as expressed through big surveys) are real, and they count; they can't be ignored because they're not convenient, or they don't chime with our views of how the world should be.
02 March 2012 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 1 Tim Young:
Last night’s final plenary session ‘what’s stopping progress’ was a great discussion between Tim Lang of City University, author Joanna Blythman, Riverford’s Guy Watson, and Colin Cox who works on Manchester food enterprises. A lot of the most interesting discussion was around the idea possible ‘nudges’ to individuals behaviour, and the scale of the nudges that might be needed.
10 February 2011 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Sam Trebbick:
Strongly disagree with the view of Joanna Blythman that the Soil Association and the supermarkets are "not suitable bed mates". I question where the funding deficit would be made up without the support of the supermarkets and the many branded and indeed non branded suppliers in the room who supply them! They offer a route to the largest number of consumers and shoppers available and simply cannot be ignored in terms of what they can do and influence.
09 February 2011 | 18 Comments
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