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Today's News - Need to promote organic farming, says Indian agri minister

22 December 2014

"GM farmers in the USA continue to see price reductions for GM crops - maize and soya in particular - and this is understandably prompting a move back to non-GM crops. However as well as lower prices, GM crops in the USA are lower yielding, and now ...

How will climate change transform agriculture?

19 December 2014

"There is a lot of uncertainty in how climate change will impact agriculture, and what adaptations will be needed. By looking at where, when, why, and which transformations are required, but also in how many scenarios, it lays the groundwork for cou...

Comment on the review of the EU Organic Regulation

18 December 2014

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive, said: “We are pleased that following a recent Agricultural Council meeting, the Council and the EU Commission now appear to share a common view on the direction of work around the ongoing review of t...

Supply chain requirements for organic

17 December 2014

You may have seen the figures recently published that show £7 million is now spent on organic produce within the Catering Mark at the Silver and Gold award levels. This figure continues to grow in line with the Catering Mark and the wider demand for...

Comment on the proposal to exclude support for organic conversion and maintenance from the RDP for Northern Ireland

16 December 2014

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: “We are very disappointed that the proposed Rural Development Programme will fail to support Northern Ireland’s organic farmers.

Cheap food is no longer affordable as the cost of antibiotic resistance is forecast to soar, says the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics

11 December 2014

The devastating human and economic impact of rising antimicrobial resistance forecast by a new government-commissioned report, shows that much more urgent action is needed to reduce antibiotic use in all sectors, including farming, according to the ...

Take part in our wheat variety survey

11 December 2014

The Soil Association, in conjunction with other UK certification bodies and sector organisations, is conducting a national survey to find out how different wheat varieties are performing across the country to help to accelerate wheat variety improve...

One million meals: the Soil Association is transforming UK catering

10 December 2014

Today, we’re celebrating a land mark achievement – one million meals are served each work day in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and restaurants to our Food for Life Catering Mark standards.

One million meals: hitting the Mark for freshness, sustainability, and quality

10 December 2014

“Reaching one million daily Catering Mark meals is a hugely positive sign…Massive credit to all the caterers and suppliers who are already working hard every day to serve up great quality, delicious, nutritious food. Whether it’s in a hospital, scho...

One million meals: putting organic, local, British and Farm Assured produce on the table

10 December 2014

Today (10 December) the Soil Association celebrates a landmark achievement, with one million high quality meals being served each workday in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and restaurants across the UK [1]. The S...
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