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Food traceability

Latest technology to help ensure food traceability in organic certified products

22/05/2017

Latest developments in food traceability and testing technology are helping OF&G ensure that the increased demand for organic food continues to be met from certified products. Special tests which take so-called ‘environmental fingerprints’ of produce are enabling OF&G to work with organic businesses to ensure that food is being produced to meet the sector’s rigorous […]

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Organic Farming – addressing the challenges faced by our food system

22/05/2017

Executive Summary At a time when food security and sustainability demand that we address the challenges faced by our global food system, the inherent benefits of organic food production systems offers real and practical solutions. Global agriculture is facing huge challenges.  According to the UN, the global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by […]

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Organic conversion increase

Organic sector thriving on back of strong market growth

18/05/2017

Latest government figures on UK organic food production show the sector is continuing to thrive on the back of strong market growth, says organic licensing body OF&G. Defra’s organic farming statistics show that while the amount of organic land fell by 3.6% in 2016, the amount of UK farmland in organic conversion rose by more than […]

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Innovative organic wheat variety helps baker produce sustainable loaf

17/05/2017

An innovative variety of organic wheat is giving a Nottinghamshire baker a unique chance to strengthen relationships across the supply chain and produce a more sustainable loaf of bread. Thanks to her links with BBC Food and Farming nominees, Hodmedods, Kimberley Bell of the Small Food Bakery in Nottingham is using flour from the Organic […]

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Wake Up To Organic

Get involved with Wake Up To Organic 2017

13/05/2017

Last year, Wake Up To Organic saw 2,000 free organic breakfasts given out at 70 events. On social media, there were over 3,000 tweets using #WakeUpToOrganic on the day with a reach of 3 million. And this year, the Organic Trade Board has announced that Wake Up To Organic will be even bigger with over […]

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Seed Co-operative

Seed Co-operative named as 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards finalists

07/04/2017

Seed Co-operative, the UK’s community owned seed company, is one of three finalists in the Future Food category of the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2017. At the UK’s community Seed Co-operative they grow seeds for everyone, and for the health and well being of people and the planet. They are a community-owned seed company, not […]

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Hodmedod's beans

Hodmedod’s named as 2017 BBC Food & Farming Awards finalists

07/04/2017

  A small but growing independent business, Hodmedod’s, are one of three finalists for the Best Producer category of the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards, announced on the Food Programme. The business was founded in 2012 to source and supply beans and other products from British farms. They are committed to providing quality organic food that’s more sustainably […]

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Brexit

Following Brexit, what assurances are there for the UK organic sector?

30/03/2017

As Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr said food and farming could not be ignored in Brexit negotiations. And he said that organic – as one of the fastest-growing sectors in British food and farming – had to have guarantees that its needs would be properly recognised. “Over 50% […]

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GM: genetic modification

GM: taking views on food resilience

27/03/2017

The debate around genetic modification (GM) of crops has resurfaced this week after Princess Anne said she believed the technology could bring important benefits to food production. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, the Princess Royal said the country had to accept that GM technology had ‘real benefits to offer’. While genetic engineering […]

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