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Distribution of British soil bacteria mapped for the first time

28 April 2011

Britain's soil bacteria have been mapped for the first time in the most comprehensive study of a country's soil biodiversity to date. The results are published yesterday in the journal Environmental Microbiology.

Organic systems use 50% less energy

27 April 2011

A study by Canadian scientists has found that diversified organic farm systems cut energy use by up to one-half. The research compared energy use on high-input conventional farms with reduced input conservation farming systems and organic systems. I...

Nanotech – a risky and unpredictable technology

21 April 2011

Today the FSA has released research highlighting consumer attitudes towards nanotechnology. The research outlines a number of concerns which consumers have about this new and unpredictable technology. Participants rightly questioned the possible hea...

Agroforestry event write up - Stephen & Lynn Briggs - 6th April 2011

12 April 2011

40+ farmers, growers, advisors, certification officers, apprentices, merchants and scientist were welcomed onto Stephen and Lynn Briggs farm, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire on April 6 th 2011 for a review of their establishing Agroforestry system...

UPDATE - Organic Grassland Event - 17th May - Shropshire

11 April 2011

Thank you to all those that have brought your tickets so far. At last week’s rate of buying tickets we should have the day full in no time – must be the hearty organic lunch on offer! Although perhaps it could be the quality of speakers we have secu...

Excessive nitrogen harms the economy and environment – first Europe-wide assessment published

11 April 2011

A major new study finds that nitrogen pollution is costing each person in Europe around £130 - £650 (€150 – €740 Euros) a year. The first European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA) will be launched at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday 11 April.

Soil Association Organic Market Report 2011

04 April 2011

Sales of organic products fell 5.9% to £1.73 billion in 2010 with the rate of decline slowing significantly throughout the year, according to the Organic Market Report published today by the Soil Association. [1]

Small is beautiful for 21st Century farms?

25 March 2011

In the last year two proposed ‘mega-farms’ have been the subject of controversy. A proposal for a huge dairy in the Lincolnshire, Nocton, which envisaged housing initially 3,750 – rising to 8,000 – cows indoors was withdrawn following concerns about...

Call for spring footage of happy cows

23 March 2011

Now springtime has arrived farmers all over the country are getting ready to let their cows out for the summer months, and two charities leading the campaign against industrial dairy farming are asking for them to record this happy moment. [1]

N. Ireland - Understand Soils Event - event write up & presentations

16 March 2011

The Soil Association hosted another successful 'Understanding Soils Event' for 42 Northern Irish producers and associates on Tuesday 8th March 2011. It was fascinating day with numerous expert presentations and discussions on the association between...
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