Organic pioneer Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare, has become the first recipient of the Oak Award, initiated by the Organic Trade Board (OTB) to recognize outstanding contributions to the organic sector.
Tributes have been paid to Peter Melchett, the environmentalist, organic farmer and former Government minister, who has died aged 71.
Delegates at the Royal Society of Medicine have heard that the true extent of pesticide use is at odds with the claims of the pesticide industry.
The Soil Association (SA) has launched a campaign for greater clarity on beauty product labelling.
Farming Minister George Eustice MP has confirmed that farmers and growers will be able to apply for Countryside Stewardship support for the next two years.
A new peer-reviewed study has found that exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup herbicide in rats causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
A report by the Environmental Audit Committee warns that further action is needed if the Government is to manage the UK’s soil sustainably by 2030.
Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s signature product Roundup, is the most heavily used pesticide globally, according to a report published earlier this month. The paper, by agricultural economist Charles Benbrook PhD, which appears in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe, states that since 1996, when Roundup Ready genetically-engineered crops were introduced, […]
In what many will deem as good news for UK wildlife, on Friday (3 July) Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) rejected the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) request for farmers to be allowed to use neonicotinoid seed treatments on some oilseed rape crops this summer. The NFU said it was extremely disappointing in […]
The former chairman of the Food Standards Agency John Krebs has claimed that organic farming could have a more damaging climate change effect than conventional farming. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month, he told delegates: “The fact is organic farming is, in general, less productive per hectare than conventional farming and if […]
Jamie Oliver has warned that a controversial trade deal between the EU and US could open the door to food imports containing growth hormones and banned pesticides. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement is being presented by big business as a way to remove trade barriers and make business easier. But others warn […]
Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett has called for a ban on the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), commonly used in cosmetic products. Melchett’s comments follow the announcement earlier this month by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) that the EU has once again failed to implement a ban, despite a widespread call for […]
Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett has called for a ban on the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone, (MCI), commonly used in cosmetic products. Melchett’s comments follow the announcement earlier this month by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) that the EU has once again failed to implement a ban, despite a widespread call for […]
The Soil Association’s director of policy Peter Melchett has slammed environment minister Owen Paterson’s “backward-looking” and “patronising obsession with GM”. Earlier in the day, in a speech at the Rothamsted Research Centre, the minister said it was time “to embrace the significant benefits of GM to farmers, consumers and the environment.” Commenting that he was […]
Governments and pro-agribusiness groups are using flawed data on food production requirements to push for an expansion of GM food crops, claims a new report from the Soil Association. (more…)
OTB welcomes new general manager
July 7, 2020 Rosie Greenaway
Last month saw the appointment of Cristina Dimetto as the OTB’s new general manager, who joins ahead of this year’s Organic September campaign.
Urgent wake up call to Government to ‘fix the failings of food’
The Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment has published a report questioning the affordability of the recommended healthy diet.
News in brief
New kids’ food start-up Mia & Ben has launched with four organic fruit and vegetable combinations in pouches created using HPP technology.
Naturalife Bridport celebrates 20 years
Hannah Bourne, assistant manager at Naturalife Bridport, reflects on the store’s history as it marks a significant anniversary.
Know the drill
June 16, 2020 Dominique Ayling
Discovering everything from ‘naked gum’ to toothpaste tabs, Dominique Ayling cuts her teeth in the natural oral care market.
The art of healthy baking
Rosie Greenaway roots through her store cupboard to learn how the therapeutic benefits of baking can be merged with the nutritional perks of superfoods.
Inflammation: the silent assassin
Chronic inflammation is a factor in myriad chronic health conditions but sometimes symptoms are invisible says Jane Wolfe.
A problem for Brits at the best of times, sleep issues are being exacerbated due to the pandemic, leaving many feeling exhausted, reports Jane Wolfe.
Leading the discussion around sustainability in retail
The Sustainability in Retail Forum is the new conference designed to help senior executives within leading retailers from across the Nordic region meet the ever-evolving challenges around sustainability. Taking place 13 November 2019, at MalmöMässan, Sweden, the event is co-located with the award-winning trade exhibitions Nordic Organic Food Fair and Eco Life Scandinavia. Facing the […]
Mineral-rich New Zealand volcanic mud delivers instant illumination for your skin
It may seem counter-intuitive to apply mud to your skin in order to cleanse it, but the skin-enhancing benefits of mineral-rich mud have been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries. Antipodes® uses white volcanic mud sourced from central New Zealand’s dramatic central plateau in its new Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask […]
The Health Store Open Day is back!
The Health Store’s ever popular Open Day makes a welcome return on Sunday 8th September. Paul Rideout, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Health Store, explains “The Open Day is back by popular demand! This will be our 8th Open Day since we launched the event back in 2009 and it is more popular than […]
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.