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Comment: Defra's approval of Rothamsted research into GM camelina

16 April 2014

Commenting on Defra's approval of Rothamsted's research in to GM camelina, Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy said:

Soil Association in new partnership to certify organic exports to China

14 April 2014

Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that makes it cheaper and simpler for the UK’s organic businesses to export to China.

Soil Association calls on public to help ‘Save our Seeds’ at 2014 Edible Garden Show

02 April 2014

On Friday (28 March 2014) Ben Raskin, Soil Association head of horticulture spoke at the Edible Garden Show to talk about the growing threat to our seed diversity and the importance of saving seeds: all part of the charity’s new ‘save our seeds’ cam...

Soil Association comment on Cancer Research UK study on organic food

28 March 2014

Commenting on the Cancer Research UK study, which found eating organic food does not lessen women's chances of developing cancer, Peter Melchett, Soil Association director of policy said:

Soil Association to fund innovative farmer-led research

20 March 2014

Today (20 March 2014) the Soil Association has announced funding for three innovative new research projects to support sustainable agriculture.

New network aims to raise £19,140 to revolutionise local food production

19 March 2014

The UK community supported agriculture (CSA) movement has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £19,140 to support its work encouraging farmers and growers to work in partnership with their local communities.

Soil Association and Shaun the Sheep launch competition for aspiring young designers

17 March 2014

Today sees the launch of an exciting competition, offering children across the UK the chance to help some hens in need of a new home!

Soil Association comment on calls to overhaul regulations on GM crops to speed up development

14 March 2014

Commenting on calls to overhaul regulations on GM crops to speed up development, Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive said:

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.

Comment: Reaction to MEPs rejection of seed directive

11 March 2014

In response to the rejection of the proposed EU seed directive by MEPs, Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin comments:
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