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An organic systems approach to the provision of public goods

06/02/2018

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

04/01/2018

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

03/01/2018

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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Pig and Poultry feed derogation extended…

24/11/2017

In response to industry calls for legal certainty for the organic poultry and pig sector, the European Union Commission has taken the necessary steps to adopt an implementing regulation that extends a referred derogation until 31 December 2018. As we reported in September the organic feed derogation for organic pigs and poultry was due to expire at the end of this year. […]

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OPINION: What will US hydroponics ruling mean for UK organics?

10/11/2017

An unexpected decision to certify hydroponic systems as organic in the United States could have implications for UK organic in a post-Brexit world, says Alan Schofield, Organic Growers Alliance chairman. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) advisory body, The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) held its autumn meeting in Jacksonville, Florida on 31 October – […]

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OF&G joins call for greater organic support from global leaders

20/10/2017

Organic agriculture needs to drive more support and engagement to help the sector create regenerative and resilient food and farming systems both in the UK and across the world. OF&G told global leaders in organic agriculture that organic has the potential to transform the UK’s farming systems, making them more sustainable and productive. But it […]

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Climate benefits of peatland restoration to be certified by OF&G

19/09/2017

  Projects working to restore one of the UK’s most important landscapes are to be given a boost thanks to a collaboration which will see OF&G verify the climatic benefits of peatland restoration. OF&G has joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the UK Peatland Programme which is designed […]

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