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Organic News - How will you organic your September?

03 July 2015

ORGANIC How will you organic your September? Last year's Organic September saw a 4% uplift in sales of organic during that month alone. This year, the Soil Association is publishing an interactive Organic30 list, which will offer tips on how to make...

Comment on the Government's decision to reject 'emergency' application for neonics

03 July 2015

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director said: “We welcome the government’s decision which is clearly based on the increasing scientific evidence that neonicotinoids damage not just bees but other wildlife.

Pop-up organic food & drinks market at Glasgow Botanics

03 July 2015

12th of September, 10am till 3pm. It’s Time to Celebrate Organic! Soil Association Scotland is hosting a one day pop-up market showcasing some of Scotland’s best organic produce. We’re keen to introduce the public to our wonderful organic farmers an...

An opportunity to consider conversion

02 July 2015

The potential for organic farming is looking brighter than for some time: the new proposed payments for organic farmers are set to be more generous than in past years, the market growth for organic food continues to outstrip markets for non-organic ...

Soil Association Scotland had a great time at the Show

01 July 2015

Soil Association Scotland staff had a great Show this year, and enjoyed visits from Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod and members of the Scottish Government, as well as farmers and growers, consumers who came to say hello to Helen Browning, new ...

Soil Association urges farmers not to spray Glyphosate in first harvest since WHO announced possible links to cancer

30 June 2015

This harvest, the Soil Association is urging cereal farmers not to spray Glyphosate on milling wheat crops – to reduce the amount of this probable carcinogen turning up in British bread. Three months ago, the World Health Organisation’s Internationa...

Organic News - Catering Mark awards celebrate services to good food

26 June 2015

FOOD Catering Mark awards celebrate services to good food This year's awards showcased caterers who have made a difference within their industry by improving the quality of the food they serve through achieving the Soil Association's Catering Mark. ...

Soil Association comment on the 'moral satisfaction' of eating food produced in an ethical way

26 June 2015

The Daily Mail (23 June 2015) wrote that 'eating is all in the mind' and that people who buy organic or Fairtrade food are more likely to enjoy eating it becasue of their 'better judgment'.

Soil Association comment on the renewed support for organic farmers in Defra's Countryside Stewardship handbook

26 June 2015

Liz Bowles, Head of Farming at the Soil Association said; “ The UK organic market is in strong growth and we have good reason to believe it will be sustained in the long term – but this takes time to influence organic production. "
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