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Proposed GM trial presents new risk to people and wildlife


OF&G is among 26 organisations which have lodged a formal objection to the latest proposed open-air GM field trial by Rothamsted Research.  We support research and development in general, however crops that are genetically modified carry serious implications for the environment and for growers. The objection identifies a significant amount of information that is missing from […]

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UK Organic ask Michael Gove to have confidence in organic food and farming to deliver economic and public goods for all


OF&G in partnership with organisations across the organic sector are urging government to recognise the significant opportunity to expand the UK’s organic food and farming sectors post-Brexit. In a letter to Defra minister Michael Gove, OF&G — along with other members of the English Organic Forum (EOF) — said organic production offered huge potential to […]

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OF&G says Defra insight is welcome but needs clarity


    The launch of Defra’s consultation on the future of food and farming is a welcome insight into the government’s ambitions for UK agriculture, but requires significant clarity on how those goals will be achieved, says OF&G. Roger Kerr, OF&G chief executive, said: “After a number of high level speeches by Defra Secretary Michael […]

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An organic systems approach to the provision of public goods


This paper presents how a cyclical and regenerative systems approach to farming and land use can provide key environmental (and other) public goods and form a critical component in delivering a post-Brexit agriculture policy aligned to Defra’s priorities to secure a healthy natural environment; a sustainable, low-carbon economy; a thriving farming sector and a sustainable, […]

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Organic farming offers the benefits Defra are looking for


Farm minister, Michael Gove is correct when he says that we need to ensure sustainable food production not just for today or tomorrow but for many future generations. Mr Gove was speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conferences both held in the city this week. He went on to say […]

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The UK Grain Lab


The Grain Lab will be a collaborative initiative between farmers, millers, bakers, brewers, chefs and researchers. The vision is to work along the supply chain and across food and farming networks to make innovative, diverse, nutritious and avoursome grains available to all. The Grain Lab is inspired by the pioneering work of the Bread Lab […]

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