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Helen Browning's speech to the WI on factory farming

09 June 2011

Helen Browning addressed the Women's Institute AGM on 8 June as they debated the motion: 'This meeting abhors the practice of factory farming particularly large animals such as pigs and cows, and urges HM government to ensure planning permission is ...

UK’s greenest university working to Food for Life Catering Mark standards

08 June 2011

Nottingham Trent University, one of just seven universities nationwide to score points for working towards the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark, takes the top spot this year in The People & Planet Green League 2011 released today 8 Ju...

We need farming systems which protect our biodiversity, wildlife sites not enough

06 June 2011

Dr Isobel Tomlinson, Soil Association policy and campaigns officer, commenting ahead of the expected publication of the Natural Environment White Paper tomorrow:

Organic Grassland Event - a great success

06 June 2011

The Organic Grassland Event was kindly hosted by the Downes family who inspired delegates with their grass growing techniques at their farm in Longnor, Shropshire. The folk legend is true and grass does really grow greener on this farm which is also...

MRSA found on British farms - Soil Association calls for end of routine antibiotic use

03 June 2011

Following a study published today on the discovery of MRSA in British milk, the Soil Association is calling for the end of routine antibiotic use in dairy farming.

A farmer’s tale

30 May 2011

Soil Association farmer Will Best reflects on farming organically since the early '80s, and the changes and growth the market has seen in that time, as well as what the future may hold for the sector.

Biochar: the need for precaution?

27 May 2011

Enthusiasts of biochar use suggest using it will add fertility and life to soil while simultaneously locking up carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. However, others are more cautious, and point to unanswered questions in relat...

Meeting on soil fertility and rotations at Yatesbury Farm, Calne 20 October 2010

27 May 2011

Charles Dowding reflects on a recent seminar that brought together growers using organic, bio-dynamic, permacultural and Shumei systems. While there are several differences between these approaches, it is striking that all are founded on a deep resp...

GM crops to feed the world: PR or reality?

27 May 2011

In 2009-10 Dr Helen Wallace served on the steering group of a Government sponsored ‘public dialogue’ on GM, which was led by the Food Standards Agency. She resigned from the process in May 2010 when it became clear that the 'dialogue' was intended a...

The Soil Association and Australia: From Mother Earth to Eve Balfour

27 May 2011

From its inception the Soil Association was linked with emerging organic thinking in Australia and New Zealand. When the Association was formed in 1946 two of its founder members were residents of Australia and New Zealand, there were already three ...
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