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Comment on the review of the EU Organic Regulation

18 December 2014

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive, said: “We are pleased that following a recent Agricultural Council meeting, the Council and the EU Commission now appear to share a common view on the direction of work around the ongoing review of t...

Comment on the proposal to exclude support for organic conversion and maintenance from the RDP for Northern Ireland

16 December 2014

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: “We are very disappointed that the proposed Rural Development Programme will fail to support Northern Ireland’s organic farmers.

Take part in our wheat variety survey

11 December 2014

The Soil Association, in conjunction with other UK certification bodies and sector organisations, is conducting a national survey to find out how different wheat varieties are performing across the country to help to accelerate wheat variety improve...

One million meals: putting organic, local, British and Farm Assured produce on the table

10 December 2014

Today (10 December) the Soil Association celebrates a landmark achievement, with one million high quality meals being served each workday in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and restaurants across the UK [1]. The S...

Organic: the gold standard of our vision for good food

01 December 2014

Four Trustees of the Soil Association’s seventeen Trustees resigned in November 2014 following the rejection by their fellow Trustees of a motion challenging our three year old strategy. Our strategy focusses as strongly as ever on organic food and ...

Business as usual not an option say soil experts

26 November 2014

Over 200 delegates and speakers gathered for the Soil Association's 6th annual Soil Symposium (25 November 2014) in Solihull to hear from international experts on soil and to discuss the vital area of soil resilience in agriculture.

Proposed payment rates for organic maintenance and conversion in England

26 November 2014

The Soil Association are very pleased to announce the proposed payment rates for organic maintenance and conversion in England. Whilst not all types of land will attract increased payments, the new rates are much improved from the original proposals...

New market opportunity for red meat in South Wales

18 November 2014

Cig Calon Cymru based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales is looking for suppliers of organic cull cows (dairy and sucklers), organic commercial/prime beef, organic cull ewes and in the near future organic lambs to meet the demand from a new and growing...

Avian flu - update

18 November 2014

Poultry producers may have seen the news regarding a case of avian flu, near Driffield in East Riding of Yorkshire. Further details can be found on the BBC website here .

Monsanto pays out millions for GM Wheat contamination

14 November 2014

In an extraordinary settlement, Monsanto has agreed to pay over $2.3 million (£1.5 million) compensation to American wheat farmers because of economic losses from GM contamination of their wheat crops. Farmers in the Oregon, Idaho and Washington Sta...
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Why we should care that it is World Soil Day

Louise Payton: So today is World Soil day. Why on earth do we need a day on soils? It’s no coincidence that our planet shares its name with the stuff. Soil, earth, or dirt, as it is known in the USA, is important.

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