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The Soil Association welcomes RDP support for organic farmers in Northern Ireland

28 August 2015

This week the European Commission formally approved the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020 for Northern Ireland. The Soil Association is delighted that the final Programme includes a budget of £2.5million for organic support payments betw...

Caterers invited to join the Organic September celebration for the first time

27 August 2015

This Organic September, the Soil Association launches the biggest UK wide celebration of all things organic, bringing together organic producers, processers, retailers and businesses. To help caterers be part of the celebration, the Soil Association...

New to Organic? Soil Association Certification launches first ever business training for start-ups and small businesses.

24 August 2015

A brand new one day course is being held by Soil Association Certification to help start-ups and small business who are looking to join the growing organic sector. The course, held at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre on the 14th October, will bring ...

Soil Association supports organic farmers with its biggest ever nationwide celebration in September

14 August 2015

This Organic September, the Soil Association is targeting an increase of 6% in organic sales. The celebration of all things organic will affect organic producers, processors, businesses and retailers across the UK. The whole industry is working toge...

GM crop ban - Scotland to protect clean, green status and prohibit GM crops

10 August 2015

Welcoming the decision by the Scottish Government, Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett said; “Scotland's determination to keep out GM crops is good news for the UK as a whole, because it sets a high standard that England, Wales and Nort...

Aquaculture standards consultation drawing to a close

07 August 2015

The deadline is approaching for producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say on Soil Association’s proposed changes to its aquaculture standards.

Coed Du Hall Hospital celebrates double gold with Food for Life Catering Mark

03 August 2015

Coed Du Hall Hospital is delighted to announce that it has achieved the Soil Association Gold Food for Life Catering Mark award and also that Head Chef Stephanie Steel won the Catering Mark Awards for Excellence Champion 2015 in the hospital section...

Soil Association launches attack on runaway maize: subsidised soil destruction

20 July 2015

The Soil Association is today (20 July2015) releasing a new report, runaway maize: subsidised soil destruction, exposing shocking evidence that this crop is threatening the future of farming and food security in the UK. Maize is responsible for envi...

Calling all triticale growers

20 July 2015

Triticale is a Cinderella cereal, often playing second fiddle to wheat in the market place. However, recent field trials have shown that it often out-yields wheat, using lower nitrogen inputs, making it an economic and environmentally sustainable cr...

Soil Association launches aquaculture standards consultation

14 July 2015

The Soil Association is consulting on proposed changes to its organic aquaculture standards and is calling on producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say.
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