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Have your say: Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 in Scotland

13 February 2014

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is reviewed and updated every seven years and helps to define which types of farming systems are supported by European tax payers. The Soil Association believes that all payments through Pillar 1 (Direct Payments...

Comment: EU votes against GM maize

13 February 2014

Following the recent EU vote against a new GM animal feed maize crop, Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy commented:

Business Development Objectives for Scotland

13 February 2014

We hope to see a positive difference now that the organic market is back in growth, with new opportunities arising for organic businesses. We are here to help and have several business development objectives:

Comment: mislabelled food - Amy Leech, senior policy officer

10 February 2014

Commenting on reports of food mislabelling from a lab in West Yorkshire, Amy Leech, Soil Association senior policy officer said:

Soil Association calls on public to save our British wildlife

07 February 2014

The Soil Association is today calling on people to take action to save our British wildlife, following new research released this week which has shown that organic farms support, on average, a third more species than non-organic farms.

Comment: Organic farming – the scientifically proven way of saving bees

04 February 2014

The biggest ever review into whether organic farming benefits wildlife has taken place – and the findings are clear – organic farms have on average nearly a third more different species of wildlife. The researchers stated in the report that "organic...

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates landmark moment for hospital food

30 January 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales today hosted a reception, which celebrated improvements in hospital food in England.

Effective Field Drainage: Reducing Flood Risk and Improving Soil Performance (SFIN; Half Day)

30 January 2014

Palacerigg, Cumbernauld, 10am-4pm, 28th February 2014 With weather patterns becoming more unpredictable and extreme weather events more common in recent years, drainage and compaction are two issues which are becoming increasingly important to many ...

Comment: Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director commenting on Owen Paterson's claim that opposition to GM is 'politically motivated'

16 January 2014

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, commenting on Owen Paterson's claim that opposition to GM is 'politically motivated':

Silver Catering Mark for Sodexo at the Scottish Government

15 January 2014

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, at the Scottish Government has become the first workplace food service provider in Scotland to receive the silver Food for Life catering mark by the Soil Association, and the third in the UK.
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