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New research shows significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food

11 July 2014

New research from Newcastle University, to be published on Tuesday 15 July, in the British Journal of Nutrition , has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods – including fruit, vegetables and cereals – are up to 60% higher in a number of key a...

Soil Association comment on study which associates neonicotinoid use with decline in bird populations

11 July 2014

Commenting on research which associates neonicotinoid use with decline in bird populations, Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy said:

Soil Association calling for ban on beauty product ingredient, following rise in cases of skin complaints

07 July 2014

On Saturday (5 July 2014) Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director will call for a ban on two preservatives found in high street health and beauty products.

Select Committee calls for urgent Government action on antibiotic use in medicine but fails to tackle use in livestock

07 July 2014

With the publication today of a major report by the Science and Technology Committee - 'Ensuring access to working antimicrobials' - there is a long overdue admission that antibiotics are routinely used on healthy animals, and a clear recommendation...

Soil Association comment on Syngenta’s withdrawal of request to use a neonicotinoid

03 July 2014

Commenting on Syngenta’s withdrawal of its request for emergency use of neonicotinoids, Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy said:

Calling all innovators in farming and growing: Soil Association launches second Innovation Awards

03 July 2014

The Soil Association is delighted to announce that their Innovation Awards are open for nominations. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.

Scottish Organic Forum - open meeting

03 July 2014

The Scottish Organic Forum is holding an open meeting to identify and discuss the [long term] strategic priorities for Scotland’s organic sector and plan the next steps for Scotland’s organic action plan.

The irresponsible use of antibiotics in livestock farming is killing people and must stop

02 July 2014

In response to David Cameron's announcement of a new expert review of the antibiotic resistance crisis, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics says the urgent reduction of antibiotic use in farming must become government policy.

Soil Association comment on EFRA Committee report into food security

01 July 2014

Louise Payton, Soil Association policy officer commented: “We agree wholeheartedly with the EFRA Select Committee food security report when they say we need a "significant shift in how we produce our food” – however we think this also means we need ...

Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticides

01 July 2014

Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be sprayed on Britain’s crops, the Soil Association has said in in a letter to David Cameron today (Tuesday 1 July).
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