Seed Co-operative

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


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


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


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


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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Organic certification

Licensee Questionnaire Feedback 2017


In our January 2017 newsletter we sent out a questionnaire to find out how the businesses we provide organic certification to feel we are responding to their business needs and the level of service we provide. Our thanks go to everyone who responded and for all the comments and thoughts we received. 93% of those who responded rated the overall satisfaction with the […]

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Sustain membership helps bring organic food concerns to Brexit discussions


OF&G is continuing its efforts to ensure organic food and farming’s concerns are on the table during Brexit negotiations by becoming a member of leading lobby group Sustain. Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, advocates food and agricultural policies which enhance animal and public health and welfare, improve the environment and promote equity. […]

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Campaign targets organic market growth

OF&G-backed campaign aims to drive decade of growth in UK organic market


An OF&G-supported campaign encouraging consumers to eat more organic food could help the UK organic market achieve a 10% share of the country’s food and drink markets by 2027. The Organic Trade Board said EU funding worth more than €10 million would help the sector capitalise on growing interest in organic food and drink, and […]

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OF&G scholarship

Beth Williams receives first OF&G scholarship


OF&G is delighted to have set up a new postgraduate scholarship for agro-ecology students at Harper Adams University. Beth Williams, 23, has received the first OF&G Scholarship, which is dedicated to the memory of late OF&G Director Bill Allen. Studying Countryside Management at honours degree level, including a voluntary placement year working with Shropshire Wildlife […]

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Organic sales

The rising tide of organic in the UK


Organic food sales in the UK have been rising for several years now and this week has seen reports directly from major multiple retailers and the Soil Association all reporting significant sales growth. The SA report shows a 7.1% growth in the organic food market while Tesco are reporting increases having amounted to 15% in […]

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