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Report on Charles Dowding farm walk, Somerset

29 October 2010

Pioneering ‘no dig’ grower and Soil Association producer member Charles Dowding welcomed 20 enthusiastic growers and Soil Association staff members around his two acres of gardens in Shepton Montaque, Somerset on a fine crisp afternoon in mid-October...

EU food safety chief forced to quit GM lobby role

28 October 2010

A key figure in charge of food safety within the EU has been forced to quit her director role at a pro-GM group, reports The Ecologist .

Organic sales up in September

25 October 2010

Sales of organic food and drink through supermarkets reached £82m during September, an increase of 15.5% on the previous four-weeks, data from Kantar Worldpanel shows.

Organic Fortnight 2010 - another successful year

30 September 2010

This year the key slogan for our Organic Fortnight was “Choose organic every day”, positioning organic products as an accessible, affordable everyday choice.

What tools do we need for the CAP of tomorrow? Have your say on the online forum

29 September 2010

The Soil Association has set up a discussion thread on the Farmer's Weekly website dicussion forum on Common Agricultural Policy reform ahead of the Soil Association's CAP Reform event next Thursday in London.

Consumer backlash against ‘super dairies’ could create new label for ‘free range milk’

27 September 2010

A backlash against the increasing prevalence of superdairies comprising herds of thousands of animals will lead consumers to demand more 'free range' milk, farmers predict.

Deadly antibiotic-resistant E. coli and salmonella superbugs now widespread on British farms

23 September 2010

Scientists speaking at a conference today will reveal shocking new levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in intensively reared farm animals that have the potential to spread to humans. [1]

Desperately seeking host farms for the organic apprenticeship scheme

22 September 2010

The Soil Association is calling for more host farms to come forward to support the growers of the future.

Experts caution ministers over double blow to children’s diets

16 September 2010

Experts today warn that government cuts to the Change4Life campaign and school meals threaten children’s health, and run counter to the Prime Minister’s pre-election pledge to address the commercialisation of childhood.

Half of European shoppers will buy more ethical food and drink in the future

10 September 2010

Source: IGD Half (49%) of shoppers across four European countries expect to be buying more food and grocery products with ethical credentials in the future, according to new consumer research published by international food and grocery analysts IGD....
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