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New research shows significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food

11 July 2014

New research from Newcastle University, to be published on Tuesday 15 July, in the British Journal of Nutrition , has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods – including fruit, vegetables and cereals – are up to 60% higher in a number of key a...

Graham’s The Family Dairy shine at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2014

27 May 2014

Graham’s The Family Dairy is celebrating a trio of awards after winning three categories at the national Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Food for Life acknowledged in UN report

16 May 2014

Good public food procurement supports nutritious diets and sustainable food systems, says UN expert.

Soil Association Organic Innovation Award 2014 announced at Natural and Organic Awards

16 April 2014

Winners of the prestigious Natural and Organic Awards 2014 , hosted in association with the Soil Association, were announced at the Natural and Organic Products show on Sunday 13 April at the Novotel London West.

Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report reveals growth in organic sales for the first time in four years

13 March 2014

The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report today reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic market has seen annual growth since 2008.

Organic growth investment fund launched

05 February 2014

The investment division of sustainable bank Triodos has launched a new investment fund, investing in leading, privately owned organic food and sustainable consumer product companies across Europe.

Comment: Organic farming – the scientifically proven way of saving bees

04 February 2014

The biggest ever review into whether organic farming benefits wildlife has taken place – and the findings are clear – organic farms have on average nearly a third more different species of wildlife. The researchers stated in the report that "organic...

BBC Food and Farming Awards 2014

09 January 2014

Just launched, nominations are now open for this year's Food and Farming Awards. The Awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it.

Remembering Richard Jacobs

05 December 2013

Tributes have been paid to Richard Jacobs, the chief executive of national certification body, Organic Farmers & Growers, who has died at the age of 50.

Soil Association's Organic September campaign lifts sales

06 November 2013

The Soil Association's annual Organic September campaign has delivered a strong boost to the organic market, confirming further that the UK organic market is back into good growth with positive figures since the start of 2013. The Small Changes, Big...

Trade Team check out Growth of Organic across Europe

31 October 2013

As most other European markets for organic food and drink have continued to grow at pace despite any recessionary pressures during the last few years, it is clear that the UK is unique in experiencing more challenging times. To find out more, key me...

The Raw Chocolate Company wins 2 Gold Stars in Great Taste Awards

01 October 2013

Congratulations to the Raw Chocolate Company who won 2 gold stars for their new Goji Berry & Orange Raw Chocolate Bar in the 2013 Great Taste Awards.

What you can say about benefits when selling organic food – new statements

19 September 2013

The Soil Association is issuing a new report containing positive statements in support of organic food and farming having sought guidance from the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Copy Advice Team.

Soil Association launches Organic September – Small Changes, Big Difference

19 August 2013

The Soil Association is launching Organic September – Small Changes, Big Difference to show the huge difference consumers can make by switching one household item to organic. Running throughout September, the campaign will be the UK’s biggest celebr...

Organic sector returns to growth as horsemeat effect takes hold

15 July 2013

Organic sales are back in sustained growth - as the ‘Horsegate effect’ proves longer-lasting than many predicted…

Soil Association reports increase in organic sales over three months since the horsemeat scandal

08 May 2013

Latest figures from Kantar World-panel reveal organic sales through supermarkets have increased steadily for the past three months. The 12 week year on year picture shows a +1.6% for organic food sales - the first time the market has seen year on ye...

Soil Association 2013 Organic Market Report reveals significant areas of growth in organic sales

20 March 2013

The Organic Market Report published by the Soil Association highlights key areas of growth in online retail, independent outlets and a shift towards younger consumers during 2012. Overall, the market has dipped by 1.5% as the UK continues through it...

Trade on Greenpeace's field at Glastonbury 2013

08 January 2013

Since the early nineties Greenpeace have been one of the lead charities invited by the Glastonbury Festival to operate at the festival where they have their own field on which they promote themselves and their international campaigns.

Catering Mark consultations: have your say

19 December 2012

We are consulting on three areas of the Food for Life Catering Mark standards

Final version of group strategy published

01 March 2012

The Soil Association is pleased to publish the final version of its new group strategy: The Road to 2020. The publication sees the culmination of a large-scale consultation exercise with stakeholders, and sets out our goals and priorities over the s...

10 small steps to a big organic Christmas

29 November 2011

The choices we make over the festive season - about what goes on our plates, the presents we buy, what we wear and what we put on our skin – have far reaching consequences for our health, the health of our countryside, and the development of countri...

Organic heroes nominated for Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards

21 November 2011

The Soil Association led Food for Life Partnership , the lottery funded network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture, has been nominated for the prestigious Derek Cooper award in the up and coming BBC Radi...

Organic September round-up

10 October 2011

The UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic took place last month, with Organic September being marked on organic farms, in schools, by retailers and caterers and the general public. Taking a lead from the ongoing industry wide ‘discover orga...

Essex Hospitals first in UK to achieve silver Catering Mark for fresh, healthy meals

06 September 2011

Ashlyns Catering [1] has achieved the prestigious silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association [2] for serving fresh, healthy meals to Braintree Community Hospital and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, making them the first hospitals...

John Lewis launches Soil Association certified wool

02 September 2011

To celebrate Wool Week (5 -11 September), John Lewis will be launching a 100% organic wool range from Soil Association member Cornish Organic Wool .

Whitmuir the Organic Place becomes first restaurant in Scotland to achieve gold Catering Mark for fresh and healthy meals

04 August 2011

Whitmuir the Organic Place achieves prestigious gold Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh and healthy meals with organic ingredients.

Winners of the 2011 Organic Food Awards announced

28 July 2011

The winners of the 2011 Organic Food Awards were announced at the Start Festival, Clarence House, on Wednesday 27 July, part of the national ‘Start’ initiative, established by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable li...

Dr Phil Morley joins Soil Association Certification as Fresh Produce Trade Consultant

21 July 2011

Soil Association Certification welcomes Dr Phil Morley, who begins this week as Fresh Produce Trade Consultant.

Organic body outlines new US textile ruling

13 June 2011

The Organic Trade Association has clarified how a new US policy memo which allows organic textiles to be sold in the USA in a similar way to organic food, is also in addition to existing FTC requirements.

GOTS welcomes USDA ruling

25 May 2011

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has welcomed a new policy memorandum from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in which it explicitly confirms that textile products that are produced in accordance with the GOTS standard may ...

Organic food 'can help you lose weight and live longer’: How natural fruit and vegetables are packed with more nutrients

23 May 2011

A study by the University of Newcastle School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development reports that fruit and vegetables grown without artificial fertilisers have significantly more key nutrients, including vitamin C.

A growing market for organic textiles

16 May 2011

Soil Association textile licensees defied the recession in 2010 with a sales growth of 35% - reaching £12million. As the market for organic textiles grows, so does our support for organic textiles trade.

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]

New standards proposed for organic greenhouse crops

09 March 2011

New standards for growing organic crops in greenhouses and polytunnels are being proposed, following feedback from an open public consultation. Changes put forward include a recommendation to progress toward renewable sources of energy, a requiremen...

UN ‘Green Marshall Plan’ condemns large scale, chemical approaches to boost food production

08 March 2011

In what will be seen as major blow to the GM industry and supporters of greater industrialisation of agriculture, including those behind the recent UK Government Foresight report [1], the UN has condemned attempts to use large scale, chemical approa...

Health claims trump ethics with UK consumers

22 February 2011

Thirty percent more UK shoppers look for health claims than ethical ones; ‘Free range’ is twice as looked for as Fairtrade; However, almost 90 percent recognise the Fairtrade logo.

Plans for ‘mega-dairy’ withdrawn

16 February 2011

Plans to set up the UK’s largest dairy farm were withdrawn today (16 February 2011). Commenting on the announcement by Nocton Dairies Ltd. Emma Hockridge, head of policy at the Soil Association, said:

New dates for Industry Learning Events

14 February 2011

Our one-day organic induction events provide brands, retailers and caterers the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the market while deepening their understanding of organic benefits.

Nominate for the Sunday Telegraph’s top 1,000?

14 February 2011

To mark the start of the British economy’s recovery from the recent financial crisis and recession, The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph have set out to establish which companies will drive that growth, creating the jobs and the wealth the country need...

Food fit for a health or disease service?

07 February 2011

A new survey for the Soil Association has revealed that over half of people (53%) would not be happy serving the meals they were given in hospital to a child, 29% say the food was so bad that at times they couldn’t recognise what was on their plate,...

Honesty on technology is needed

25 January 2011

We need to be honest about the failures of certain technologies - such as GM - to provide food for a growing world population, says Molly Consibee, the Soil Association's director of campaigns and communications.

New campaign launches to highlight benefits of organic

07 January 2011

The organic industry launches a high profile 3-year campaign that is set to deliver sales growth by increasing consumer demand for organic food in the UK.

Conference set to deliver three key sessions for trade

16 December 2010

Our 2011 conference offers three comprehensive trade elements which will be of interest to any business operating in the organic market.

More evidence required on cloning

26 November 2010

Despite the Food Standards Agency claiming that meat and milk from cloned animals is ‘hypothetically safe’, they admit that: ‘the current evidence on the composition of meat and milk is relatively limited, and further evidence is required on how the...

Organic sales up in September

25 October 2010

Sales of organic food and drink through supermarkets reached £82m during September, an increase of 15.5% on the previous four-weeks, data from Kantar Worldpanel shows.

Organic Fortnight 2010 - another successful year

30 September 2010

This year the key slogan for our Organic Fortnight was “Choose organic every day”, positioning organic products as an accessible, affordable everyday choice.

Half of European shoppers will buy more ethical food and drink in the future

10 September 2010

Source: IGD Half (49%) of shoppers across four European countries expect to be buying more food and grocery products with ethical credentials in the future, according to new consumer research published by international food and grocery analysts IGD....

Social gathering at Patrick Holden's farm in September

06 September 2010

Soil Association members are invited to attend a social gathering to meet other members and friends at Soil Association director Patrick Holden’s farm near Lampeter, Ceredigion on Friday 24 September from approximately 6pm-9pm.

IFOAM launch new EU organic logo guide

16 June 2010

A handy new guide to the use of the new EU organic logo is now available from IFOAM.

The Food for Life Partnership needs your vote!

09 June 2010

The Food for Life Partnership has just been nominated for the National Lottery Awards 2010 and needs your vote to make it through to the final round.

Ethics more important than price’, claims shopper poll

09 June 2010

Shoppers rate ethical and environmental considerations as more important than price when choosing their supermarket, according to new research.

Promoting Scotland's finest at the Royal Highland Show

25 May 2010

Soil Association Scotland is hoping to promote Scotland's finest organic products at its stand at the Roal Highland Show on 24-27 June 2010.

Organic packaging concerns

25 February 2010

New requirements on the use of the new EU organic logo on packaging materials could have “serious repercussions for the organic sector”, warns the IFOAM EU Group.
image "Organic principles are the foundation of healthy life for all humans, animals and soil. Without sustainable agriculture we are stuffed."