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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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Pig and Poultry feed derogation extended…


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?


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


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


  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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Food for thought


A report released today by the Pesticides Action Network, Food for Thought, has found that children in England are being exposed to residues of 123 different pesticides on the fresh produce they receive through the Department of Health’s School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS). These include suspected endocrine disruptors which interfere with hormone systems, known carcinogens, and organophosphates […]

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