Today's News - 04 December 2012
"We learn how to work with nature and how not to hurt the environment and the workers, there are so many people dying of cancer, getting sick because of pesticides."
Andres Garcia Rico, student of Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, USA, Huffington Post, 02 December 2012
Exposure to organophosphates harm memory, say scientists
Scientists have concluded that low-level exposure to organophosphates (OPs) produces lasting brain damage.
Farmers Weekly (03 Dec)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall: Plenty of food for thought in a busy week
The Soil Association is mentioned as Hello! report on the prince. As the Prince of Wales has always displayed a healthy appetite for getting involved in good causes and he dished up a generous serving of help in Surrey last week.
Hello! p.33 (10 Dec)
Polish president to decide on fate of Pro GMO Seeds Act
Poland was forced to pass a controversial bill into law admitting GMO on account of EU regulations, PM Donald Tusk told reporters on Friday, commenting on the public outcry against the new bill.
The Warsaw Voice (03 Dec)
Find out about the Soil Association’s position on GM crops
BBC Food and Farming: The Derek Cooper Award - 2012 winner, Mike Duckett
The Derek Cooper award celebrates an individual or team bringing about change in our relationship with food. This year’s winner, Mike Duckett, uses organic food in hospital kitchens.
BBC Radio 4, watch again
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Find out more about what the Soil Association is doing in hospitals.
BBC Food and Farming: Riverford Farm's Guy Watson is judged top farmer
His passion for organic food and innovative approach to running a sustainable business is well-known in West Country farming circles. So when Guy Watson stepped forward to receive his BBC's Farmer of the Year award it was a popular choice.
This is South Devon (03 Dec)
Latinos Start Organic Farms With Help Of New Programs
Bending over beds of shrivelled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season's planting. Except this time, she's the boss.
The Huffington Post (02 Dec)
John West extends its can tracker fish tracking scheme
Josh West is extending its Can Tracker provenance technology from tuna to salmon, mackerel and sardines.
The Grocer (01 Dec)
Roast Dinner Day on the menu for growing children at Haworth Primary School
The Soil Association is mentioned when special guests, pupils and members of the community enjoyed lunch at Haworth Primary School as part of the Food for Life Partnership national Roast Dinner Day.
Keighley News (02 Dec)
Rancher Loses Livestock Due To GMO Corn-Audio
The Food Nation Radio Network conducted an exclusive interview this week with Jerry Rosman, an Iowa pig and cattle rancher who lost his entire operation due to GMO corn that he says made his livestock sterile. Today, he drives a truck to make ends meet, but he agreed to tell us his story.
News Talk Florida, listen again, (02 Dec)
Bali gets award for organic agriculture program
The Bali provincial administration has received a special award from the Agriculture Ministry recognizing its successful organic agriculture program.
Bali Daily (04 Dec)
Consumers disillusioned with organic cosmetics
The Soil Association is mentioned in this article. A new study has revealed consumers are questioning the price and efficacy of organic beauty products.
Natural Products (03 Dec)
Find out more about organic beauty products
Petition for CCTV in slaughterhouses to be considered
A 1,066-name petition calling for CCTV systems to installed in all Welsh slaughterhouses has been accepted for consideration by the Welsh Assembly’s petitions committee.
Farmers Guardian (04 Dec)
Autumn Statement live webchat - get your questions answered
Farmers Weekly readers will get a chance to put your questions to industry experts when Chancellor George Osborne announces his Autumn Statement tomorrow.
Farmers Weekly (04 Dec)
A study links low level exposure to sheep dip chemicals with lasting brain damage in some farmers who used organophosphates in the 1980s and 90s. And the charity Oxfam says financial speculation in the future commodities markets is playing a large part in the high cost of food throughout the world.
BBC Radio 4, listen again (04 Nov)
And finally… Robbing robin ruffles Inverness supermarket’s feathers
A 24-hour Tesco store has resorted to closing late at night in order to evict a couple of persistent visitors.
Scotsman.com (04 Dec)