Today's News 11 October 2012
11 October 2012
“[Millennials] see organic in an overall positive light and are unlikely to be defected by controversies stoked up by the media… the Millennial generation are buying into real values – and our industry must continue to stay faithful to them.”
Jim Manson, editor of Natural Products Magazine – Natural Products Magazine – 1 October 2012
‘Millennials’ hold the key to organic growth
Organic industry leaders on both sides of the Atlantic believe younger consumers – ‘millennials’ – could hold the key to the future growth of the sector. Writing in the Grocer, Rob Sexton, CEO of Soil Association Certification, wrote that “shoppers aged under thirty-five are twice as likely to want organic food as those over thirty-five.”
Natural Products Magazine (1 Oct, p.34)
Jim Manson, editor of Natural Products magazine writes that we should take lots of encouragement from younger consumers understanding organic better.
Natural Products Magazine (1 Oct, p.4)
Organic category remains resilient
Last month was Organic September and according to Produce World, the leading growers of organic vegetables, there is plenty to look forward to for the organic market, despite the recession. Andrew Burgess, Director of Agriculture at Produce World said “there is evidence that the demand for organics has withstood the initial impact of the recession and customers have remained loyal.” Purchase frequency of organic carrots at Produce World has increased 4.6% over the last 12 months, while both Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have had strong value growth of organic carrots.
The Vegetable Farmer (1 Oct, p.5)
Soil Association gets animated about organic
To celebrate Organic September, the Soil Association collaborated with animation students from the University of West England to create a set of animations explaining the organic charity’s ‘five reasons to choose organic.’
Natural Products Magazine (1 Oct, p.3)
Watch the first video on animal welfare standards here.
France, Germany seal deal on EU farm budget freeze
Germany and France endorsed a European Commission proposal for a nominal freeze in agricultural spending at 2013 levels from 2014 to 2020 as budget talks for the period enter the final stage, a joint statement said on Wednesday.
Reuters (10 Oct)
Farm wages will suffer if board scrapped, warns AM
More than 13,000 farm workers in Wales will be affected by the abolition of an agency that sets their wages, a Labour assembly member warns. Mick Antoniw says scrapping the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) will increase rural poverty. The UK government said workers would still be protected by the national minimum wage. A decision on the board's future is due soon from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
BBC News (10 Oct)
From field to plate
Andy Dibben of The Community Farm reviews their Harvest Festival, which took place last month. The festival saw over 300 people visit the farm, including a number of families that had never been before. The day included farm tours, cooking demonstrations and a cooking competition, judged by Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association.
The West Country Food Lover (1 Oct, p.32)
How to teach... World Food Day
It is World Food Day on 16 October as well as harvest festival assembly time, so the Guardian Teacher Network has put together resources to share with pupils that introduce and delve deeper into the challenges and injustices that people face over food. Nearly one is six people around the world do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life – most of them living in developing countries.
The Guardian (8 Oct)
Welsh Food Month: How our lamb came to rule the world
Wales Online looks at the populatiry of Welsh lamb; a multi-million pound industry, with the overseas lamb and beef trade climbing £53m to £200m in 2011.
Wales Online (11 Oct)
Foodhub and FoodEx take on industry giants to distribute food sustainably
Collaboration between the two ventures has the power to shake up highly inefficient ways of transporting food.
The Guardian (8 Oct)
GM wheat trial harvested
Rothamsted Research's test site in Hertfordshire has been successfully harvested - four months after a bid to destroy the experiment failed.
Farmers Weekly website, (11 Oct)
Concern for Scottish farmers as Schmallenberg disease found on farms in North of England.
BBC Radio4, Listen Again (11 Oct)
And finally. . .'Stranded' goat evades rescuers after three-hour mission to save it
A search and rescue team in West Yorkshire were called to rescue a goat after it had apparently become stranded on a rocky ledge, but after three hours of trying to free the animal, the goat simply jumped to safety without any help. Watch a video here.
Daily Telegraph website, 11 October