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Small is beautiful for 21st Century farms?

25 March 2011

In the last year two proposed ‘mega-farms’ have been the subject of controversy. A proposal for a huge dairy in the Lincolnshire, Nocton, which envisaged housing initially 3,750 – rising to 8,000 – cows indoors was withdrawn following concerns about...

Call for spring footage of happy cows

23 March 2011

Now springtime has arrived farmers all over the country are getting ready to let their cows out for the summer months, and two charities leading the campaign against industrial dairy farming are asking for them to record this happy moment. [1]

N. Ireland - Understand Soils Event - event write up & presentations

16 March 2011

The Soil Association hosted another successful 'Understanding Soils Event' for 42 Northern Irish producers and associates on Tuesday 8th March 2011. It was fascinating day with numerous expert presentations and discussions on the association between...

Benefits of organic farming recognised by Scottish Government

15 March 2011

Soil Association Scotland welcomes today’s launch [14 March] of the Scottish Organic Action Plan, which recognises the positive contribution organic farming systems provide in terms of environmental, social and economic impact, and demonstrates the ...

Soil Association Certification at this weekend's IFE

10 March 2011

Soil Association Certification at this weekend's IFE We are pleased to confirm that we are in attendance at this weekend's International Food & Drink Event being held at ExCel, London. If you are also visting and would like to pop and see us to say ...

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...

Wind turbine installation

09 March 2011

The morning session will look at site choice, grid connection, environmental & planning permission issues and a farmer’s practical perspective on commissioning a wind turbine. The events will also include a visits to local farms that have wind turbi...

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...

Not all meat is equal

25 February 2011

Following recommendation from Government advisers to limit consumption of red meat, Richard Young, Soil Association policy advisor, comments:

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.
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