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Scottish Organic Forum - open meeting

03 July 2014

The Scottish Organic Forum is holding an open meeting to identify and discuss the [long term] strategic priorities for Scotland’s organic sector and plan the next steps for Scotland’s organic action plan.

The irresponsible use of antibiotics in livestock farming is killing people and must stop

02 July 2014

In response to David Cameron's announcement of a new expert review of the antibiotic resistance crisis, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics says the urgent reduction of antibiotic use in farming must become government policy.

Soil Association comment on EFRA Committee report into food security

01 July 2014

Louise Payton, Soil Association policy officer commented: “We agree wholeheartedly with the EFRA Select Committee food security report when they say we need a "significant shift in how we produce our food” – however we think this also means we need ...

Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticides

01 July 2014

Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be sprayed on Britain’s crops, the Soil Association has said in in a letter to David Cameron today (Tuesday 1 July).

Highland Highlights

30 June 2014

The sun brought the crowds flocking to the 2014 Royal Highland Show, and our new stand next to Scottish Organic Milk Producers was a great success. The prize draw for a delicious organic hamper was really popular, with hundreds of entries. Over 200 ...

Undersowing brassicas with green manures – New Field Lab

30 June 2014

Friday 18 July, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Vital Veg & SRUC Craibstone, Aberdeenshire

Get yer thinkin' cap on & WIN a bottle of organic wine!

30 June 2014

The Scottish Organic Forum is working to develop the next Scottish Organic Action Plan which will include a greater focus on organic R&D in Scotland.

Government urged to reject Syngenta's bid to use banned pesticide

27 June 2014

The Soil Association has called on David Cameron to reject a bid by Syngenta to be allowed to ignore the EU ban on bee-damaging pesticides in the UK. On Tuesday Syngenta asked to be allowed to use one of its neonicotinoid pesticides on around 186,00...

Soil Association Standards updates

27 June 2014

In June, we published amendments to Soil Association farming and growing standards which are contained in the latest version, 17.2. Some are minor, correcting errors that do not affect the meaning of the standards. Some amendments are as a result of...

Farm antibiotic use could jeopardise human health, warns new briefing

25 June 2014

A new briefing, published today, from the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics – reveals for the first time that medical use of antibiotics which are critically important in medicine (CIAs) is going down, but farm usage is going up.
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