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Field Lab ideas: beef and sheep

10 February 2016

We have had a lot of field lab ideas following feedback from producers and the industry. Three of these are detailed below. If you are interested in being part of these or if you have any of your own ideas then please get in touch. Call David on 077...

Soil Association comment on EU auditing of organic food

06 February 2016

Bringing in non-organic female breeding stock is not a common occurrence and only happens when organic stock cannot be sourced. Under Soil Association organic standards, large (non-organic) animals - such cattle, sheep and pigs - can never be sold a...

Organic News - Glyphosate - the most widely applied herbicide ever

05 February 2016

ENVIRONMENT Glyphosate - the most widely applied herbicide ever Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the world’s most widely-used weed killer. According to a new study in Environmental Sciences Europe, it is estimated that 1.6...

Organic farming funding support in Scotland

05 February 2016

Farmers and growers in Scotland have the opportunity to apply for organic conversion and organic maintenance payments, until the deadline of 15 April 2016.

Save our soils! New report outlines 7 ways farmers and the Government can help rebuild British soil and protect UK farming industry

05 February 2016

The Soil Association is releasing a new document calling on policy makers and farmers to do their bit to protect UK soils. In 2014 researchers estimated that the country will only see 100 more harvests if soil loss and degradation continues at its c...

Over 50% of English primary schools now serve Catering Mark standard food

03 February 2016

Over half of all primary schools in England are serving food that is ethical, sustainable, free from controversial additives and meets School Food Standards – thanks to the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark. It’s a huge step towards imp...

New Soil Association Certification webinar reveals why values driven sourcing is good for business

02 February 2016

Soil Association Certification’s first ever free webinar specifically for suppliers will discuss how ethical sourcing can help improve their business. The Food for Life Catering Mark runs a successful Supplier Scheme, giving suppliers a chance to up...

Monsanto’s Glyphosate now most heavily used weed-killer in history - nearly 75% of all Glyphosate ever sprayed on crops used in the last 10 Years

02 February 2016

A new paper published today in Environmental Sciences Europe confirms there has been a dramatic increase in the total volume of glyphosate applied to crops across the world. The paper, Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and glob...

Soil Association launches new aquaculture standards

01 February 2016

Today, 1 February 2016, the Soil Association launches its new updated standards for organic aquaculture and seaweed, the first to be released from a wider standards review. These standards feature higher requirements than EU regulation in certain ar...
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