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The Campaign to Protect Rural England calls for 'revolution' on farming subsidies.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has outlined its vision for the future of agriculture after the UK leaves the European Union in a paper titled New Model Farming. They suggest that currently too much money is given to large-scale farms and assisting smaller more diverse farms would help the countryside and rural communities says the (CPRE).   Farmers currently r...

Buyer Beware – NFU Lodges Complaint with Trading Standards over Fake Farm Names

Tesco and other supermarkets using fake farm brands have received complaints from the NFU. It is claimed that the fictitious brands mislead consumers because they believe they are in fact buying UK farmed produce.   The NFU lodged complaints with Trading Standards over the misleading use of farm names. Tesco’s were called out in particular owing to them introdu...

Gloucestershire Farm Jess’s Ladies Organic Dairy wins 15 Great Taste Awards

Jess’s Ladies Organic Farm Milk Dairy in Hardwicke has won an incredible 15 stars at Great Taste Awards 2016.   Jess’s family have been farming at Hardwicke Farm in Gloucestershire for three generations. They have a herd of 80 organic cows that they know all the names of and milk by hand themselves everyday.  The milk is as natural as it comes, they...

Goat Meat Found to be Sheep Meat

A wholesaler has been found guilty and subsequently fined £8000 for supplying goat meat which turned out to be sheep. Eight out of 11 DNA samples of what was described as goat were found to actually be sheep meat. The Trading Standards inspectors involved in the case went undercover after a tip off from a customer who believed that the goat meat he had bought was actually...

Organic sector expected to exceed £2bn despite 'Brexit uncertainty'

The Soil Association expects the organic market to exceed £2bn with a boost from its Organic September campaign reports FG Insight.  Growth of organic sales through supermarkets in the 52 weeks to June 18 increased over five per cent (Nielsen Data).   Growth continued through the first half of 2016 and is now 5.2 per cent compared to 3.2 per cent at the en...

Dunkertons Cider Join Happerley

We are delighted to announce that we have signed up our first drinks producer to the Happerley network. Dunkertons Cider are a Soil Association certified organic producer currently based in Pembridge, Herefordshire relocating to Gloucestershire in September.   Dunkertons Cider have been making organic cider and perry since 1980. The business was started by Ivor and S...

Opportunity for the younger generation to demonstrate their skills at NSA ScotSheep 2016

Keen and enthusiastic youngsters with an interest in sheep will have the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their skills in the Young Shepherd of the Year competition at NSA ScotSheep this year, Wednesday 1st June at Blythbank Farm, West Linton Peeblesshire, EH46 7DF. The competition is open to those who have left school and are aged 26 or under, and entrants from all ma...

Organic market growth continues in Scotland and across UK

The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report - launched today, 23 February - reveals that the organic market continued steady growth of 4.9% in 2015. This is the third year of consecutive growth for the organic sector in Scotland and across the UK, now worth £1.95 billion. A total of 36% of Scottish independent retailers say sales have increased over the last 1...

Why family farms must be protected

A recent open meeting of the Family Farmers’ Association (FFA), held at Westminster, brought together a core group of individuals, organisations and policymakers to discuss ways to support and protect smaller farms. With the UK rapidly losing its traditional farming culture, groups like the FFA and the Land Workers Alliance (LWA) see protecting smaller f...

New Study Finds Clear Nutritional Differences Between Organic and Non Organic Meat

A new study published today, 16 February 2016, in the British Journal of Nutrition shows organic meat and milk contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. It also revealed that organic meat had slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats linked to heart disease.  The study is the largest systematic review of its kind and led by N...