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Senior medical figures join call for farm antibiotic reduction targets for first time

18 November 2014

New targets must be set and met in both medicine and agriculture, say Royal Colleges in a letter published in The Times today to coincide with European Antibiotics Awareness Day (1).

Farm antibiotic use must be reduced

18 November 2014

Binding targets to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture must be set and met, before antimicrobial resistance claims more lives and modern medicine loses its most important tool.

New SRDP Draft Organic Payment Rates

18 November 2014

Soil Association Scotland welcomes the announcement of the new draft payments rate for organic conversion and maintenance as part of the new SRDP. The rates are being discussed with European Commission so are in draft at present.

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...

Dragon’s Den Winners get the NPD treatment!

13 November 2014

The three winning businesses from August’s Organic Dragon’s Den took their places on an intensive new product development (NPD) session, a prize designed to help each business to further success in the marketplace.

Survey on Farming and Forestry Integration

11 November 2014

If you are a farmer or land manager with farm woodlands (or perhaps thinking of planting woodlands), we would like to invite you to participate in an online survey, created by our friend Elspeth Dundas of Edinburgh University. For her dissertation p...

Soil Association announces new international partnership with FLOCERT

10 November 2014

The Soil Association is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with FLOCERT, a global certification and verification company, to provide certification for organic textiles. The new partnership was announced today (10 November 2014) at the Te...

School Food Plan Briefing: Presentations

07 November 2014

The Soil Association's School Food Plan Briefing day, held at City Hall, London on 5 November, heard from a number of expert speakers on placing quality at the heart of a successful school meals service. You can download their presentations below.

Soil Association welcomes Northern Ireland organic farmer to Council of Trustees

07 November 2014

John Carson, an organic farmer from Downpatrick, Co. Down, has today (7 November 2014) been named to the Soil Association’s Council of Trustees. The Council is responsible for the ongoing health and effectiveness of the charity, and John will hold t...

David Laws praises Food for Life Catering Mark for school food

06 November 2014

Minister of State for Education, David Laws MP, has praised the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark, commending it as a scheme that allows school leaders to choose caterers who are committed to providing school children with high quality,...
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