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Antibiotic use by SA-certified livestock farmers below national average

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A new report has revealed that organic livestock farmers certified by the Soil Association (SA) have much lower antibiotic use than average levels, achieved...

UK’s “poorly defined” legislation against junk food puts sports nutrition sector at risk, ESSNA...

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The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is calling on the UK government to ensure that restrictions on foods meant to tackle childhood obesity...

The Big Interview: Mark Smith

The Big Interview: welcome to our New Q&A Series brought to you by Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia In the run up to...

EU: New Ambitious Organic Action Plan

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The European Commission today approved the European Organic Action Plan 2021-2027. The Plan has the ambition to contribute to the growth of the organic...

A ‘big win’ for organic

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Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) says the organic sector is ‘cautiously optimistic after gaining clear recognition’ within Defra’s new pilot scheme, the Sustainable Farming...

Finn Cottle retires from Soil Association Certification

Soil Association Certification has announced that Finn Cottle, long-standing trade consultant, is retiring. In a trade news bulletin, Clare McDermott, business development director, shared Cottle’s...

Farm to Fork: the role of organic and digital training activities to reach the...

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In May 2020, the European Commission published the Farm to Fork strategy as a key element of the European Green Deal (new EU growth...

Diverse group of organic farmers zoom into D.C. to talk organic

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Organic Trade Association fly-in to brief new administration, lawmakers on critical issues From their home offices, kitchens, fields or tractor cabs, a diverse group of...

B Certification – What it Means for Your Business and the Planet

If you’re keen to give your customers even more confidence that they’re making a great choice by picking your product, getting certification makes a...

The Organic Trade Association released the following statement today in response to the USDA...

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“The Organic Trade Association supports USDA’s decision to end its Organic Recognition Agreement with India and transition to a more active oversight approach. It...

NATRUE unveils updated standards for 2021

NATRUE has announced that its Label Criteria has been updated, with changes to come into effect on 1 January 2021. The latest update maintains its...

OF&G ‘bewildered’ over Defra’s ‘roadmap to nowhere’

Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) has expressed dismay at Defra’s Path to Sustainable Farming 2021-2024, calling it a ‘roadmap to nowhere’. Roger Kerr, chief executive...

Eco-Labels Gaining Traction in Food Industry

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The launch of the new Vegan and Plant-Based certification schemes highlights the growing importance of eco-labels in the food industry. The last few months...

UK standards could be ‘undermined’ by misuse of antibiotics in imported meat and dairy,...

Amid growing concerns around the global rise in antibiotic resistance, and as the UK explores potential trade agreements with non-EU countries for post-Brexit imports...

EU rejects dairy descriptions but allows meaty terms for plant-based products

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The European Parliament has voted to ban dairy-related terms being used for plant-based alternatives but has given the go-ahead for meat-related descriptions. The vote on...