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Organic- automatic qualifies for the 30% greening

25 February 2015

Farmers can now start to prepare their applications for Basic Payment Scheme, which must be submitted by 15 May. The booklet includes confirmation that licensed organic farmers automatically qualify for the greening element of the Basic Payment Sche...

Best Soil in Show 2015: ready, steady, dig! Closing date extended: now 7th April

25 February 2015

As part of the International Year of the Soil 2015, the James Hutton Institute is again joining forces with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and new partner Soil Association Scotland in a quest to highlight the Best Soil in Sh...

Organic market shows improved growth amidst tumbling food prices

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market Report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%) and food spen...

Organic market shows improved growth amidst tumbling food prices

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market Report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014 across the UK. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%)...

Soil Association Organic Market Report shows health and beauty sales up 20%

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s Organic Market report reveals UK sales of certified organic health and beauty products increased by 20% in 2014 to £44.6 million. The number of Soil Association symbol holders increased by 51% while export revenue of UK compan...

Organic market shows improved growth

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s Organic Market report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices and food spending fell. Shoppe...

Soil Association Organic Market Report shows organic textiles growth

24 February 2015

Soil Association Certification, the UK’s leading certifier of organic products to Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS), saw the turnover of its textile symbol holders increase by 3.4%, while licensee numbers increased by 29%. The number of GOTS ...

Comment on NFU concern that the UK is 'losing ability to feed itself'

24 February 2015

In response to the NFU's concern that the UK is ' losing ability to feed itself ' (Telegraph, 22 February 2015), Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett commented:

Comment: Environment Agency refuses to issue Environmental Permit for proposed Foston mega pig farm

23 February 2015

Nearly five years after the threat first appeared, the wait may soon be over for the residents of Foston. In a dramatic and unexpected victory for local campaigners, the many thousands of Soil Association supporters and others who objected to the pl...

Comment on Owen Paterson's upcoming speech on GM

23 February 2015

The Telegraph reported a story suggesting that former environment secretary Owen Paterson isset to denounce the so-called ‘green blob’ tomorrow (24/2/15) in a speech on GM crops ( Owen Paterson: 'The Green Blob' is threatening lives in Africa ). Soi...
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