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Updated Organic Action Plan represents new opportunities for organic farmers

29 May 2013

On Monday 27th May, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead launched the updated Organic Action Plan at Pitgaveny Farm, Elgin. The updated Organic Action Plan for 2013-2015, which first published in 2011, introduces new initiatives to help meet gro...

Soil Association press comment: Iodine levels in organic milk

22 May 2013

Emma Hockridge, head of policy at the Soil Association commented: “ There are scientifically proven health and sustainability benefits of organic milk which are valuable as part of a balanced and healthy diet. Studies show that organic whole and sem...

Join the Twitter #organic debate on seed varieties

16 May 2013

Many readers will be familiar with the weekly farming debate on Twitter called #agrichatuk that takes place each Thursday night, between 8 and 10 pm. It is gaining in popularity with more than 100 twitter users joining in the chatter.

VIBES Awards 2013

15 May 2013

Entries for the 2013 VIBES Awards are now OPEN. Applications and Guidance Notes are available here .

Soil Association reports increase in organic sales over three months since the horsemeat scandal

08 May 2013

Latest figures from Kantar World-panel reveal organic sales through supermarkets have increased steadily for the past three months. The 12 week year on year picture shows a +1.6% for organic food sales - the first time the market has seen year on ye...

New farmer-led fund announces first research grants

02 May 2013

The Soil Association announces the winners of the first of their farmer-led innovative research grants funded by the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme.

Press comment: Proposed EU regulation concerning seed varieties

30 April 2013

The Soil Association believes the proposed new EU regulation on the marketing of plant reproductive material will put the future of our plant biodiversity at risk. It will have a disastrous effect on the availability of rare varieties and farmers’ v...

The Soil Association welcomes today’s decision by the EU to suspend the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides

29 April 2013

Emma Hockridge, Soil Association Head of Policy said; "This is a victory not only for the bees and other pollinators, but for independent science against the political, pro-pesticide position adopted by UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the...
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