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Comment: Reaction to MEPs rejection of seed directive

11 March 2014

In response to the rejection of the proposed EU seed directive by MEPs, Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin comments:

MEPs vote to reject seed regulation

11 March 2014

The European Commission's proposal for plant reproductive material law, also known as the “seed regulation”, was voted down by the European Parliament today. MEPs cited concerns that the directive would give the Commission too much power and failed ...

Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics calls for routine preventative use of antibiotics in livestock to end

11 March 2014

Routine preventative use of antibiotics in livestock production must end says the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, and the farm use of antibiotics intended for 'last resort' use in medicine must be completely banned.

Future Growers Apprenticeship in Somerset

06 March 2014

Stowey Rocks Farm is an 80 acre organic farm in Somerset. We grow 20-30 acres of field vegetables and approaching half an acre of protected cropping. We also have a small apple orchard of some 200 trees. We sell through our vegbox scheme, farm shop ...

Sustainable Food Cities conference: book now

06 March 2014

The first Sustainable Food Cities conference will take place on the 31st March 2014 in Brighton, hosted by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Food Matters.

Comment: Defra announces consultation on national pollinator strategy

06 March 2014

Defra has today announced the consultation on the proposed national pollinator strategy . Pollinators are essential for biodiversity and pollination of essential crops and plants. Pesticides are damaging bee and other pollinator populations and thei...

Soil Association hosts first ever Organic Cheese Showcase

06 March 2014

On Thursday 6 March, the Soil Association hosted its first ever Organic Cheese Showcase to highlight the best in organic cheese from across the country, with an organic cheddar and stilton taking the ‘Best in Show’ crown.

Press comment: Department for Education announcement on school meals - 6 March 2014

06 March 2014

Universal free school meals for infants The Food for Life Partnership has been selected by the Department for Education (DfE) in supporting schools to deliver free school lunches to all infant children. The announcement was made by Schools Minister ...

Response to Scottish Government's ''Better Eating, Better Learning'' report

06 March 2014

We welcome the release of the Scottish Government’s “Better Eating, Better Learning” report today. 10 years on from Hungry for Success, this report brings the importance of nutritious, healthy and sustainable school food firmly into focus once again...

Opportunity for producers: A pioneering new way to buy and sell food online to local communities

04 March 2014

Runners up in the Soil Association Innovation Award last year, Farm Drop are on a mission to reshape the UK food supply chain and to champion independent farmers and growers.
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