The chief executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning, has written an open letter to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, highlighting the negative impact already being caused to UK organic exporting businesses by Brexit uncertainty.
Lee Holdstock, business development manager at the Soil Association, has celebrated 20 years of working with the organic certifier – a milestone which has been marked with his inclusion in Yeo Valley’s ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ corridor.
Strong attendance of GO! Organic Festival’s first event has been reported by organizer Diversified Communications, with visitor figures confirmed to have exceeded 10,200 across the two days.
A no-deal or hard Brexit would be a ‘complete catastrophe’ for UK organic exporters, a prominent organic business leader warned last weekend.
The chief executive of the Soil Association (SA), Helen Browning, says there was ‘no excuse’ for the ‘distressing’ treatment of dairy cows and their calves revealed in video footage of an award-winning organic farm by animal rights group Animal Equality.
Government plans for a ‘Green Brexit’ must include an organic farming scheme that ‘takes the pressure off the market to deliver for organic farmers’, the chief executive of the Soil Association said during a special discussion at NPE.
George Eustice MP, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has claimed that soil health will be central to the Government’s environment policy.
Organic product sales grew 4.9% to £1.95 billion in 2015 according to figures released today by the Soil Association. The Organic Market Report 2016 shows that sales of organic have continued to outperform the non-organic grocery market, which decreased by 9% over the same period. The report shows that independent retailers (with organic sales up […]
The Organic Trade Board’s (OTB) Wake up to Organic campaign took place on 17 June and was a resounding success, with a host of independent retailers joining in by offering a free organic breakfast at their stores and hosting in-house events where local bloggers, chefs and ambassadors made appearances and spoke with customers. In Bristol, […]
Did the BBC Panorama programme GM Food – Cultivating Fear usher in a new “pro-GM television future”? That’s the question raised by the head of the Soil Association, Helen Browning – a contributor to the programme, which was aired yesterday evening. Presented by the BBC’s rural affairs correspondent, Tom Heap, the Panorama special set out […]
Buying organic is a “great contribution people can make to support farming that’s better for the environment and for animals”, said Soil Association chief exec Helen Browning when she appeared on Desert Island Discs this week. Asked by presenter Kirsty Young to select “the one thing that best sums up organic farming and the work […]
Following recent press reports of a ‘new’ negative vitamin study which quoted two-year-old research, yet another instance of the media using out of date research to damn the industry has arisen. This time, it’s organic milk that has taken a hit. A study undertaken by Reading University reported on earlier this week, said that organic […]
The organic movement must innovate more and partner with like-minded groups if it is to break out of its niche status. That’s the view of David Gould, North American coordinator of international organic alliance IFOAM. Talking to Food and Drink Europe this week, Gould says that despite good market growth rates around the world, organic’s share […]
The clash of the New Year farming conferences in Oxford has now swung in favour of previous ‘upstart’ the Real Farming Conference, says Michael Wale Launched in 2010 as an alternative to the establishment Oxford Farming Conference – “not to attack the status quo but to ask what the world really needs from farming” – […]
A frank discussion on the role of food science hears calls for public needs and choices to be made a top priority for industry and policy makers, writes Jim Manson Leading figures from the worlds of science, food policy and farming came together at last week’s Food Matters Live event to take part in a discussion billed […]
Michael Wale was at last month’s Soil Association Conference and filed this report for Natural Products Upbeat Browning highlights drivers of organic recovery Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning opened this year’s Conference in optimistic mood. “It’s a great time to be coming together. The organic market is moving in the right direction,” she told […]
A new annual event is being launched this year that aims to tackle the relationship between food, health and nutrition. Food Matters Live is taking place at ExCel from 18-20 November and will bring together members of the food and drink industry – including retailers, food service providers, government – and those working in nutrition […]
Walk into any department store in Europe and you’ll find yourself assaulted on all fronts by a dizzying array of cosmetic counters, a thick fog of chemically enhanced fragrance and over-zealous, commission-paid reps wearing painted-on Cheshire cat grins. It’s enough to make you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and wound up in […]
Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning this week urged the organic movement to forge innovative partnerships with public bodies and like-minded organisations to create “real-world solutions” in food and health. Speaking at the organic charity’s Annual Conference, Browning said: “NGOs like the Soil Association can too easily be typecast as being against things – we […]
There was passion and realism on display at this year’s Real Farming Conference, the feisty rival to the establishment Oxford Farming Conference. Michael Wale reflects on a tale of two conferences. There were two farming conferences in Oxford during the first week of the year. The Establishment Oxford Farming Conference and the fringe alternative the […]
New ‘backwards’ refill rules hit Brighton & Hove
December 12, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
Customers at Infinity Foods have expressed annoyance at changes to its refills system – changes which the retailer had to make to conform to regulations.
Plastic use up as supermarkets backtrack on pledges to cut back
The amount of plastic produced and used by UK supermarkets rose this year, according to a report by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency.
Zeroing in on the plastic-free opportunity
The historic UK spa town of Tunbridge Wells is the venue for one of the country’s newest plastic-free retailers, The Zero Waste Company
SFT welcomes HRH Prince of Wales as Patron
It has been announced that HRH The Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) to become the charity’s Patron.
Pick of the products 2019
November 28, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
One thing’s for sure when reflecting on this year’s products: our industry never fails to deliver on innovation. With the word ‘sustainability’ on everyone’s lips, our sector was pioneering its ‘better for you and the planet’ products long before the phrase hit the mainstream. As the world plays catch-up, here’s a review of the trendsetting […]
With irritable bowel syndrome affecting approximately 12 million people in the UK, Jane Wolfe finds out how diet and lifestyle changes can significantly help sufferers, and investigates the low-FODMAP solution (more…)
Living life on the veg
Plates of lifeless veg and soggy ‘fishless fingers’ are a thing of the past. Rosie Greenaway orders the vegan catch of the day, explores today’s sophisticated veggie market, and discovers just how much the nation’s love of animal products is costing the planet (more…)
The whole package
Want the truth about sustainable packaging? It’s complicated – but consumers and brands are both committed to change, says Matt Chittock
Tooth powder as a powerful ally for your dental health
My Oradent tooth powder is neither a drug nor a medicine. Suitable for all consumers and also for vegans and vegetarians. Why in powder form? Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste. Plus, My Oradent does not contain fluoride, is non-toxic and is also safe for children. […]
AQUA Carpatica, the only naturally nitrate-free & lowest sodium water
AQUA Carpatica, a premium quality natural mineral water, dedicated to the most demanding health conscious people, babies and expectant mothers, organic food lovers and active lifestylers. AQUA Carpatica is nature’s most perfect mineral water, naturally Nitrate-free and the lowest Sodium level of any bottled natural mineral water on earth; the first of its kind in […]
Setting Industry standards for Golden quality CBD Products
Over the past few years Hemp and its CBD-rich extracts have made a stunning entrance to the nutraceutical business. More and more people are now commenting on the wonderful health benefits of supplementing their diet with natural phytocannabinoids and new CBD oil brands pop-up regularly as a result.
Garden of Life®
Your body was created to eat, process, and derive its nutrition from food—real, healthy food. Garden of life® are fanatical about food. The core ethos is that they always start with real foods and these (foods) provide the formulas, the power to be at their best. Completely free of any synthetically created, chemical breakthroughs from […]