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Calling all triticale growers

20 July 2015

Triticale is a Cinderella cereal, often playing second fiddle to wheat in the market place. However, recent field trials have shown that it often out-yields wheat, using lower nitrogen inputs, making it an economic and environmentally sustainable cr...

Soil Association launches aquaculture standards consultation

14 July 2015

The Soil Association is consulting on proposed changes to its organic aquaculture standards and is calling on producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say.

HRH the Prince of Wales sees the benefits of quantifying the use of grass leys on Welsh farm visit

13 July 2015

On Friday (10 July 2015) The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Soil Association, visited an organic livestock farm in Wales. Maesllwyni Farm, is hosting a field lab as part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme that will give farmers tangible measurabl...

An opportunity to consider conversion

02 July 2015

The potential for organic farming is looking brighter than for some time: the new proposed payments for organic farmers are set to be more generous than in past years, the market growth for organic food continues to outstrip markets for non-organic ...

Soil Association comment on the renewed support for organic farmers in Defra's Countryside Stewardship handbook

26 June 2015

Liz Bowles, Head of Farming at the Soil Association said; “ The UK organic market is in strong growth and we have good reason to believe it will be sustained in the long term – but this takes time to influence organic production. "

Glastir Organic 2016 application window opens in July 2015

24 June 2015

The Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July and close at midnight on 2 September 2015.

Flystrike reports on the rise

15 June 2015

Laura Kreciala, Specialist Certification Officer within the Producer Certification team , looks into the issues surrounding blowfly strike, and the measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of the condition. If not managed effectively, the con...

Glastir Organic Application Window 2016

08 June 2015

It has been announced that the Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July 2015 (1st day of the Royal Welsh Show!)

Organic cereals: supply chain opportunities and challenges

29 May 2015

Seminar date: Tuesday 30 June 2015 Organic arable production represents an important part of the food chain. There are currently a number of challenges in the supply chain, including regulatory changes and managing integrity, which could limit furth...
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Toxic chemicals in our daily bread: ban glyphosate now

Natasha Collins Daniel: Spraying a probable carcinogen on food crops to kill them so they can be harvested faster – it sounds ridiculous – but it’s happening all across the UK on the wheat that makes our bread, flour and other things like biscuits. It gets worse. The weed killer in question, glyphosate, was recently classified by the World Health Organisation’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as a probable carcinogen for humans – and new data analysis shows it’s appearing more and more frequently in our bread.

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