18 September 2014
Earthworms in grassland

How to enhance earthworm populations in agricultural grasslands

22 September 2014
Field Lab: Woodchip Compost

Part 3: Discussion of final results



17 September 2014
Derogations on young poultry and protein feed to continue

Derogations for non-organic pullets and 5% non-organic feed extended to 31 December 2017

12 September 2014
Soil nitrogen increased through greater plant biodiversity

Increased plant biodiversity improves grassland soil quality by boosting its nitrogen levels, even in the absence of nitrogen-fixing plants



18 July 2014
Prince of Wales visits Food & Farming Summer School

As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire.

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Derogations on young poultry and protein feed to continue:
Derogations for non-organic pullets and 5% non-organic feed extended to 31 December 2017 More...
Soil nitrogen increased through greater plant biodiversity:
Increased plant biodiversity improves grassland soil quality by boosting its nitrogen levels, even in the absence of nitrogen-fixing plants More...
EU must support the development of the organic sector:
Key EU policy-makers agree: Organic is a key sector to develop in Europe More...
No-till: limited potential for climate change mitigation:
The role of no-till agriculture in climate change mitigation may be over-stated More...
The energy efficiency of organic agriculture:
ORC-led review confirms that most organic crop and livestock systems are more energy-efficient than conventional More...
Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2012/13:
Most organic farm types slightly greater or similar profitablity to conventional More...
Defra's stakeholder consultation on new regulation:
Susanne Padel and Lawrence Woodward report More...
Presentations from OrganicDataNetwork:
2nd European Workshop of the OrganicDataNetwork in Bari More...
Organic optimism and a Royal visit:
BBC R4 Farming Today visits Prince of Wales's Food & Farming Summer School More...
Prince of Wales visits Food & Farming Summer School:
As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire. More...
Smartphone use for agricultural research:
Have a smartphone? Take the survey More...
Improving the resilience of your livestock systems:
Livestock farmers set to discover how trees can grow their business More...
Two million hectare shortfall in UK land possible by 2030:
Cambridge-hosted industry platform calls for joint action plan with government More...
We’re appealing!:
Can you help us raise £50,000 by October? More...
EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity:
Extra steps by Member States are needed to protect farmed and grassland ecosystems More...
ORC Bulletin 116 is out now!:
Spring issue now available for free download More...
Defra organic statistics 2013:
Decline in organic land area in UK More...
New report on trends in organic farm incomes:
Long term trends in the financial performance of organic farms in England and Wales, 2006/07-2011/12 More...
5th SOLID newsletter:
Sustainable and organic low input dairying news More...
ORC’s English Organic Producer Survey Report released:
English organic producers are worried about costs but plan to keep going More...
Pea and bean crop - nitrogen fixation assessment:
Free service offered to UK growers More...
Biogreenhouse training school:
Soil fertility, Suppressiveness & Water management strategies towards sustainable and productive organic greenhouse agriculture More...
Earthworms – Architects of fertile soils:
Promotion of earthworms for soil fertility – new technical guide More...
Send us a photo of your organic farming family!:
Help us mark the International Year of Family Farming More...
Bursary funding available for ORC events:
Greenham Common Trust fund young people to attend our events More...
Glastir Organic – new scheme:
Proposed payment rates for organic producers in Wales announced More...
Focus Groups on Organic Farming and Protein Crops report:
Inspiration to diminish yield gaps in organic farming More...
GM foods neither safe nor needed, say genetic engineers:
New updated report released More...
EGTOP Reports on plant protection and food published:
Reports to EC on organic plant protection products and flavourings used in organic foods More...
Agroecology (Food Security) Bill: Update:
Please lobby your MP to support the Bill More...
The Agroecology (Food Security) Bill:
ORC supports bill to raise awareness about agroecology More...
IOTA May 2014 Report:
Landbridge conference on links between research and agricultural practice. More...
NATURE highlights farmer-led research:
Research designed by and for farmers as crucial to the success of farming More...
Survey on young farmers' needs:
EC study on the needs of young farmers -deadline 12th May More...
OSCAR leaflet published:
Optimising Subsidiary Crop Application in Rotations More...
Managing hedges for woodfuel:
Practical workshop at Elm Farm More...
COBRA in Colombia:
Henry Creissen reports on the British Council's Researcher Links Initiative More...
Legumes in fertility-building leys:
Large birdsfoot trefoil, Meadow Pea and White Sweetclover profiled More...
Improving resource efficiency in crop and livestock systems:
Report from NUE-CROPS and LI-BREEDS workshops More...
Tenancy opportunity at Dartington:
Opportunity to take on a pioneering farm on Dartington Hall estate More...
Sustainability of a small-scale organic vegetable supply system:
Market garden and box scheme compared with supermarket distribution More...
ORC Bulletin 115 is out now!:
Winter issue now available to download More...
Homeopathy is back!:
Two new implementing organic regulations published More...
Groups Object to New UK GM Trial Plan:
Say no to GM Camelina trial at Rothamsted More...
SOLIBAM final congress:
Diversity strategies for organic and low input agricultures and their food systems More...
Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement:
An integrated approach to improving European wheat and barley production More...
EkoSeedForum - report:
European conference on organic seed, organic plant breeding and agro-biodiversity More...
Field Lab: Woodchip Compost:
Finding alternatives to peat More...
Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems:
Final report to UN Human Rights Council More...
Towards a new policy framework for organic farming:
IFOAM EU response to new organic regulation proposals More...
Organics: Commission proposal for 'more and better':
The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. More...
Winter grazing cereals project:
ORC wins funding from Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme. More...
ORC at BioFach 2014:
ORC staff present at Europe's biggest organic trade fair More...
Agroforestry: How trees can work on your farm:
Report from workshop held at Elm Farm More...
New OF&G chief executive announced:
Roger Kerr has been announced as the new chief executive of Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd (OF&G). More...
UK organic market returns to growth:
Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report More...
MEPs reject draft seed regulation:
The Commission's draft text was rejected by 650 votes to 15. More...
Agroforestry letter to Defra:
26 organisations call for Defra to back agroforestry More...
2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook published:
Completely revised 10th edition now available More...
Consultation on the National Pollinator Strategy:
Defra consultation opens More...
Regenerative Agriculture Courses:
Holistic Management Farming & Grazing / Fertility Farming More...
Sustainable biogas production:
A handbook for organic farmers More...
Applied methods in crop physiology:
Training school in Denmark May 2014 More...
Farming 'organically' but not certified?:
MSc student wants your views More...
New scheme to support organic farmers in Wales:
Welsh government statement on future organic support More...
The Organic World Needs Organic Leaders!:
IFOAM Organic Leadership Course More...
STOAS at BIOFACH:
STOAS - Assessing sustainability in organic farming More...
New EU Commission website on Organic Farming and Production:
New content and look for EC 'organic' website More...
Training for Trainers workshop:
Report on December workshop More...
Evaluation of the EU legislation on organic farming:
EC publishes report More...
Have your say on HGCA research:
Organic farmers opinions requested! More...
Cover crops for a sustainable future:
Article on OSCAR project More...
Organic regulation review:
IFOAM EU position statement More...
Financial support for organic businesses:
Dean organic trust seeks new applications More...
Black medic and lucerne:
Article on manifold green manures More...
Hedge your bets at Elm Farm!:
Hedgerow volunteer days More...
Research and innovation for commercial smallholders:
ORC workshop at the Oxford Real Farming Conference More...
Tom Archer feeds silage to pigs:
The Archers promotes the benefits of silage More...
Evidence for the biodiversity benefits of organic farming:
New meta-analysis published More...
Farmers guide to biogas:
How to implement a biogas project More...
Christmas greetings from the Organic Research Centre!:
and a Happy New Year! More...
20% discount for Organic Producer Conference:
Available to English producers More...
Congratulations to Henry!:
ORC researcher passes PhD More...
ORC Bulletin 114 is now out!:
Autumn issue now available to download More...
Community Composting courses in January:
Community composting for local food growing More...
Intensive Sustainability or Sustainable Intensification?:
ORC’s 8th Organic Producer Conference. More...
Organic is the way forward for the future of family farming:
United Nations International Year of Family Farming 2014 More...
Facts and figures on organic agriculture in the EU:
Latest organic statistics from the EC More...
Integrating Science & Policy to Promote Agroforestry in Practice:
2nd European Agroforestry Conference More...
SOLIBAM 3rd newsletter:
Organic plant breeding news More...
Don’t tow corporate line on seed: MEPs must protect public good:
Seed is too important to leave it to vested interests More...
Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying:
SOLID News no. 4 now available More...
Welsh government consultation on organic farming support:
Organic support 2014- 2020 More...
International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture:
Report from Avignon More...
UNEP report on global action to close emissions gap:
Agroforestry should be scaled-up says report More...
Call for organic research proposals:
Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic Plus call More...
Dormice at Elm Farm:
Dormice confirmed in hedgerows More...
Research funds and field labs:
Research and field lab proposals invited More...
CAP reform consultation workshops:
Implementation of CAP Reform in England: More...
Preliminary results from Wakelyns harvest:
Selecting for straw and grain yield More...
Defra CAP consultation:
Consultation period opens in England More...
Organic production in Wales - the future:
Farming Connect and Organic Centre Wales open meetings More...
The A Team Foundation challenge:
Funding for food and farming projects More...
Game-changing research priorities:
Presentations to Soil Association conference More...
Organic data network:
4th workshop of EU project More...
ORC Bulletin 113 is now out!:
Bulletin 112 also now online More...
Manifold green manures - part two:
Alsike and crimson clovers More...
European Parliament backs agroforestry:
One million euros for agroforestry More...
Hands-on-Hedges - Practice meets Policy:
Promoting hedges in landscape More...
Stricter rules for organic farming demanded:
Results of EU consultation More...
Breeding blight resistant potato varieties:
Dutch perspectives More...
UN say 'Act before it is too late':
UNCTAD Trade and Environment report More...
Questionnaire for seed companies:
Organic market experiences wanted More...
Final report on Protected Cropping:
EC expert group reports More...
Sustainable Horticulture Masters:
Martin Wolfe scholarship More...
Using legume-based mixtures:
Final project report now online More...
Plant breeding for diversity:
New COBRA project leaflet More...
Scandinavian group tours the UK:
Growers and advisers visit organic vegetable farms More...
Organic research and innovation platform:
TP Organics, officially recognized by European Commission More...
Wakelyns Agroforestry open day:
Reports, photos and presentations from the day More...
DairyCo Project:
Improving forage analysis More...
Woodland grazing:
Farm Woodland Forum meeting More...
Organic Centre Wales reborn:
Work starts on new Welsh Government contract More...
Greenhouse gas platform:
ORC organises knowledge exchange workshop More...
Managing and Understanding Landscape Change:
French conference on tools for landscape stewardship More...
Holistic approach needed for agricultural research:
TP Organics stakeholder forum More...
CAP Reform Deal:
New opportunity for organic farming? More...
Dairy farmers' opinions wanted!:
SOLID questionnaire on novel strategies More...
IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014:
Call for papers September deadline More...
Eco-smallholdings in Devon:
Planning permission granted on appeal More...
Manifold green manures:
Sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil profiled More...
Latest GHG Platform newsletter:
Greenhouse gas inventory update More...
ORC trains European Advisors:
Workshop on sustainabilty tools More...
SOLIBAM 2nd newsletter:
Organic plant breeding news More...
CSA survival report published:
Key factors for CSA success in Wales More...
Third SOLID newsletter:
News on the latest dairy research More...
Hedgerow survey volunteers needed:
Enthusiasm, boots and natural history knowledge required! More...
CORE Organic research seminar:
European organic research projects brought together More...
Copper-free farming in Europe:
First newsletter published More...
Funds to plant trees:
New scheme targets organic farms More...
Seminars with Iain Tolhurst:
1-day practical sessions on organic farming More...
UK consumer reactions to organic certification logos:
Are they willing to pay more? More...
Proceedings of the 2013 Evolutionary Breeding Symposium:
Event looks at decentralized & diversified plant breeding More...
SOLIBAM Sustainability Assessment meeting:
Sustainability tools can identify areas for on-farm improvement More...
EC launches public consultation:
Opinions wanted on review of EU organic regulation More...
PRESS RELEASE:
Making producer-led innovation a reality More...
Latest low input dairy findings:
2nd SOLID Newsletter More...
OSCAR's First Newsletter:
Emerging results on couch grass More...
Sustainability indicators from financial data?:
Researchers publish report on possibility More...
Sustainability training for advisers:
ORC and IOTA participate in international initiative More...
13 ORC conference bursaries available:
Agricultural/horticultural student, apprentices, trainees invited to apply. More...
ORC Bulletin 111 published:
Winter 2012 issue has been released... More...
Hedgerow browsing survey:
Do your cattle browse hedges? Tell us about it! More...
SA Soil Symposium report:
Coventry event generates fresh ideas More...
Conference detailed programme available:
Includes most speakers and presentation titles More...
New report on soil biology:
Managing soil biota to deliver ecosystem services More...
Diverse swards for dairy herds:
Farmers meet to see opportunities More...
Organic policy study published:
Swiss organic support effectiveness evaluated... More...
Successful Organic Days in Cyprus:
ORC contributes to EU research and policy event More...
PRN membership launched:
Join ORC’s Participatory Research Network now! More...
EU support for agroforestry grows:
EURAF conference gains support from EU Parliament... More...
ICOPP project meeting held:
EU researchers review progress at FAI Oxford farm... More...
ORC Bulletin 110 published:
Autumn issue features tree forage, earthworms... More...
IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference:
Successful event concludes in Hamburg More...
ORC Agroforestry PhD student wins prize:
Alexa Varah best presentation at young researchers’ conference... More...
Agroforestry around the world:
Stephen Briggs’s Nuffield tour report published... More...
Public goods paper published:
ORC- developed farm appraisal tool focus of publication... More...
OCW holds Welsh CSA event:
Networking opportunity in BOBL project More...
GHG action plan delivers:
Committee on Climate Change supports initiative More...
IOTA Nutrient Budgeting Workshop planned:
October event to examine nutrient budgeting tools... More...
European STOAS project starts:
New project supports advisor sustainability training More...
Research needs and priorities survey:
Have your say on organic/agro-ecological research... More...
Organic policy evaluation published:
DG Agri commissioned report reviews EU support... More...
SOLIBAM congress challenges breeding approaches:
ORC’s Sally Howlett and Martin Wolfe attend Rome event... More...
ORC launches £100k funding appeal:
Publication of 2011 annual report shows what can be achieved... More...
OSCAR cover crops project starts:
EU FP7-funded project to develop improved cropping systems... More...
Organic Farm Incomes remain competitive:
The latest report on Organic Farm Incomes in England and Wales, published this week, found that income for organic farms remain competitive with those of comparable conventional farms, despite challenging organic market conditions... More...
Bulletin 109 published:
New ORC Bulletin features apples, baking quality, E. coli, policy support and yields... More...
Reading student agro-forestry project:
Help sought from farmers interested in agroforestry... More...
Organic Farm Incomes report published:
2011 report shows organic farming maintaining similar profitability levels to conventional... More...
IOTA Agro-forestry Workshop:
Stephen Briggs’ Whitehall Farm to be focus of event targeting trainers and advisors... More...
Bio-economy must include agro-ecology and public goods:
ORC’s Susanne Padel takes a critical look at the EU’s research plans... More...
UK organic statistics meeting:
ORC to host July meeting to improve organic market data... More...
Rio +20 Global Sustainability Summit:
ORC to attend and report from Rio +20 this week... More...
GHG Action Plan reports progress:
Agricultural industry’s action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on track... More...
ORC benefits from charity software deals:
Charity Technology Exchange provides invaluable support for ORC’s IT development... More...
Organic farming beneficial for climate change:
FAO-sponsored RTOACC hear evidence on organic farming’s impact at ORC... More...
Growers to breed own seeds:
OGA workshop looks at approaches to on-farm breeding of open-pollinated seeds More...
Transatlantic Partnership makes food connections:
ORC joins US food campaigners, researchers and students in debating future food systems... More...
SAC-SEPA conference on valuing ecosystems:
ORC researchers present research outcome to Scottish conference. More...
Prince’s Charity to support organic development:
ORC to participate as lead research partner in SA programme More...
FAO releases new Sustainability Pathways website:
Organic farming, sustainability assessment and other project and conference initiatives included... More...
EU Organic Congress debates CAP reform and organic regulations:
Susanne Padel presents results of organic farming policy study More...
Seed exchange networks:
ORC contributes to review of novel approach to biodiversity conservation... More...
ORC Bulletin 108 (Spring 2012) published:
Featuring ORC conference report, biodiversity in agroforestry systems, on-farm lettuce breeding and much more... More...
SOLID on-farm dairy research workshop:
On the 3rd May, producers are invited to get involved with ideas and projects... More...
TAP Food Connections conference:
Transatlantic Project ends with Maine conference... More...
Healthy agriculture – new ORC project:
What does healthy soil, plants, animals, people, environment really mean? More...
Legume workshop highlights benefits of mixtures:
IOTA’s event proves popular and inspiring... More...
CERTCOST recommendations published:
Key recommendations on improving organic certification systems now on-line... More...
New ORC eco-agroforestry publications:
Two review papers by ORC researchers are published on-line... More...
Organic crop breeding book published:
ORC’s Thomas Döring and Martin Wolfe contribute chapter on pest and disease management... More...
1st Solibam Stakeholder Congress:
Rome event to debate role of diversity in low-input and organic systems... More...
IOTA to merge with ORC:
ORC to focus on supporting all advisors and trainers and to end its commercial Organic Advisory Service... More...
Reduced tillage project needs you!:
The TILMAN-ORG project is asking producers to join survey of reduced tillage and/or green manures... More...
European organic market data network started:
ORC part of EU-funded project to improve market data availability... More...
What is plant health? New ORC-led publication:
Research paper led by ORC’s Thomas Döring and Martin Wolfe reviews the philosophies underlying plant protection... More...
European Agroforestry Federation (EURAFF) established:
ORC joins as a founding member of EURAFF at Paris meeting in December 2011... More...
OCW loses core funding:
Welsh Government cuts funding for Welsh OCIS and OCW core activity. More...
New publication on climate change and plant diseases:
ORC’s Thomas Döring has contributed to a recently published review paper on the impact of climate change on plant diseases. More...
Agroforestry workshop explores integrating top fruit and arable:
Cider growers and arable farmers met at an ORC workshop on 14th December 2012 to discuss benefits of mixing trees and crops... More...
Reducing organic top fruit copper use – new ORC project:
In January 2012, a new EU-funded project “Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems” (Co-Free) started at ORC... More...
Jim Paice message of support for organic producers:
The 6th ORC Organic Producers’ Conference at Aston University, Birmingham, opens today (Wednesday) with a strong message of support from Defra’s farming Minister Jim Paice... More...
Free farm visits for (O)ELS participants:
In autumn 2011, Natural England launched a new service of one-to-one farm visits to help farmers in Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) get the most out of their agreements... More...
Plant virus control review paper published:
ORC’s Thomas Döring reviews the potential and limitations of epidemiological approaches for virus control... More...
Miguel Altieri to address ORC conference and London audiences:
Prof. Miguel Altieri of Berkeley University, California, will address several UK audiences in a tour of the UK from 17-19th January 2012... More...
Organic conference to debate key CAP Reform and Food Security:
The annual ORC organic producer’s conference, to be held at Aston University, Birmingham from 18-19th January 2012, will be focusing on... More...
ORC submits evidence on CAP Greening to EFRA Select Committee:
ORC has been continuing its engagement with CAP Reform issues, submitting evidence to Parliament and updating its website... More...
Portuguese develop new organic action plan:
ORC’s Nic Lampkin attended a conference on a future national policy for organic farming in Lisbon on 18th November, marking the start of Portuguese organic week... More...
IFOAM EU conference on resource efficiency and food security:
ORC’s Susanne Padel attended the IFOAM EU Group’s conference in Brussels on 9th November 2011... More...
First Solibam newsletter launched:
The first newsletter of the EU-funded research project Strategies for Organic and Low-Input Integrated Breeding and Management (SOLIBAM), has been published... More...
New guide to farmer experiences with homoeopathy:
Homoeopathy at Wellie Level have published a new guide... More...
Reducing tillage on organic farms – new research project started:
In September 2011 the Organic Research Centre began work on a new part Defra-funded project... More...
New reduced tillage research project starts at ORC:
In September 2011, the Organic Research Centre began work on a new project – “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems”... More...
Results of Potato Virus Y study published:
One of the most serious diseases of potato is caused by Potato Virus Y (PVY)... More...
Bulletin 106 (Autumn 2011) published:
The Autumn issue of ORC's printed Bulletin has been published hot on the heels... More...
Feeding non-ruminants organically – new research project started:
In October 2011, a new project “Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry” (ICOPP) started at ORC... More...
ORC 2010 Annual Report published:
ORC's annual report... More...
Organic Research Centre hosts European Organic Seed Workshop:
Progress towards harmonisation is positive but slow – 100% organic seed use is some way off in the future. The UK is lagging behind many of its EU neighbours... More...
CAP Reform proposals mean big changes for organic from 2014:
ORC researchers today present to OCW’s Welsh Organic Conference... More...
Does nature know best? New ORC research paper published:
In an article published in the on-line journal Sustainability on 17th October 2011, researchers at the Organic Research Centre review the advantages and disadvantages of evolutionary plant breeding... More...
ORC to hold 6th Organic Producers’ Conference in Birmingham:
The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, has announced the outline programme for it’s annual conference, to be held from 18-19 January 2012 at Aston University in Birmingham... More...
Feeding non-ruminants organically – new project started at ORC:
On 1st October 2011, a new project “Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry” started at ORC... More...
EU Court of Auditors back organic as agri-environment scheme:
In a report critical of many Member State agri-environment schemes, the European Court of Auditors has backed organic farming recognising... More...
UK Workshop on Certification Issues:
ORC to host workshop on results of European certification project More...
International organic seed regulation workshop at ORC:
Seed represents one of the most important foundations of agriculture. As the carrier of the genetic material it determines, to a large extent, the qualities and quantities of agricultural produce... More...
New window for Welsh Organic Farming Conversion Scheme '12 Opens:
Information about new window for OFCS applicants. More...
Lower Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance:
A study published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives has found lower antibiotic resistance on newly organic farms compared to conventional farms in the US... More...
Participatory Research and Demonstration Network Launched:
The Organic Research Centre’s Participatory Research & Demonstration Network was launched at Abbey Home Farm... More...
Elm Farm Organic Summer Festival:
900 people came down to Hamstead Marshall on Saturday 9th July to the Elm Farm Summer Festival... More...
Elm Farm Summer Festival Saturday 9th July 2011:
Good for nature - fun for the family! More...
FUN FOR THE CHILDREN!:
At Elm Farm Summer Festival, Hamstead Marshall, Saturday 9th July More...
German speaking reviewers wanted!:
We are looking for German speaking reviewers with experience in Organic Farming for the evaluation of the German Organic Farming Research Programme (BÖL). More...
Ecologists Review Evidence on Environmental Benefits of Organic:
The increasing evidence that organic farming has benefits for biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services was under the spotlight at a recent joint meeting of the Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the British Ecological Society (BES). More...
Organic Research Centre seeks new Chair of Council of Management:
Open vacancy More...
Food riots vs. land of milk and honey 2.0:
Summer Academy More...
E-Learning Course on Sustainable Food Systems:
Are you interested in an international, interactive and online discussion on what sustainable agriculture, food production, distribution and consumption should look like and how we can deal with the upcoming issues of water scarcity, climate change and population growth? More...
English OCIS closed at the end of March 2011:
The provision of information and free on-farm visits under the Organic Conversion Information Service in England ended on 31st March 2011. More...
How to successfully communicate the values of organic food:
A handbook about how to successfully communicate the values of organic food has been published by the Farmer Consumer Partnership project. More...
IFOAM has published new report on systems approach:
The IFOAM EU group has published a new dossier “ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING: A system approach to meet the sustainability challenge”. ORC’s Susanne Padel and Nic Lampkin” contributed the introduction chapter More...
Scientific evidence supports the use of crop diversity:
A review paper published this month (Mar 2011) found “overwhelming” evidence that diverse plant communities are more productive than simple monocultures. More...
Extraordinary sprouting broccoli:
In a year which has seen many overwintering sprouting broccoli crops fall victim to harsh winter conditions, the sprouting broccoli field at Wakelyns Agroforestry in Suffolk offers a visual feast: an array of multicoloured plants with an intriguing history. This is a trial which could open new doors for growers. More...
Organic farming and carbon:
OCW has published a report of current evidence concerning the effects of organic farming on soil carbon sequestration. More...
UN report says agroecology is the answer.:
A UN report by its Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, backs agroecology as the approach to food production for vunerable groups in various countries and environments. More...
Biodiversity studies confirm organic benefits:
OCW has published a review of the scientific literature on the biodiversity impacts of organic farming. More...
RELU Scale Summary Report:
SCALE does matter. Organic farming delivers the goods. More...
Agroforestry Survey:
If you are a producer you can now take part in our short online survey on the extent to which UK producers currently use the woody components on their land. More...
English OCIS to close:
Defra has announced the closure of the Organic Conversion Information Service when the present contract expires at the end of March 2011 More...
Bulletin 103 published:
The new issue of the ORC Bulletin has been published... More...
Facing up to farming’s challenges:
Conference to debate CAP Reform, ethical food marketing and innovations in farming practice More...
Government closes ACOS:
The Coalition Government has today confirmed that... More...
What is squash?:
Squash provide an exotic touch to boxes and market displays and when grown with the other crops in the family they can provide a useful contribution to the bottom line... More...
Aminopyralid - manure contamination:
In June 2008 a number of gardeners and allotment holders noticed some unusual symptoms in their vegetable crops. It quickly became clear that... More...
Is it safe to establish crops after incorporating a winter stand:
When vetch is grown as a winter green manure it is common practice to break the crop down and mix it into the topsoil. As it decomposes vetch releases toxic compounds... More...
Back to basics – compost:
Compost – it’s an evocative word and if it isn’t it should be. Put more mundanely compost is... More...
Soil analysis – is it worth it?:
The soil beneath our feet is something many of us take for granted yet it is a precious resource that is absolutely crucial for... More...
Recognition of Sacrifices and Commitment:
On Friday 16th July, Bernward Geier, former Director of IFOAM, presented ORC with ... More...
Organic Open Day at the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, Friday:
The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, in Hamstead Marshall near Newbury, is holding a technical Open Day ... More...
Do you like food?:
Calling all foodies! On Saturday 17 July from 10am to 5pm the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall (near Newbury), will throw open its gates to all lovers of great food. More...
Join the campaign to grow the organic market in the UK:
We have done it, will you? More...
An IOTA review of organic research:
The series of IOTA Technical Leaflets provides a summary of the key practical farming recommendations arising from organic research... More...
2010 ORGANIC PRODUCERS’ CONFERENCE:
Call for Papers and Workshop proposals More...
Organic Centre Wales wins bid and is now recruiting:
ORW secures funds to provide better Organic Business Links More...
Organic farming conversion scheme opening in Wales:
The Welsh Assembly Government has announced the opening of an Organic Farming Conversion Scheme. Farmers will be able to apply to join the scheme between 15 September 2009 and 30 September 2009. More...
It’s not rocket science:
Groundsel found in packaged rocket in Germany More...
Making the low carbon economy work:
Technological and economic initiatives alone will not be enough to bring about the radical change needed to combat runaway global warming... More...
Opening of new conference and education facilities:
This summer at The Organic Research Centre we are very pleased to announce... More...
Soil-less in Scandinavia undermines EU Organic credibility:
Reports of soil-less production in organic glasshouses in Scandinavia and the EU’s seemingly tolerant position have raised a number of questions... More...
€18 Million EU research confirms organic claims:
The five-year, €18 million research programme, part-funded by the EU, on the quality of organic and low input foods has come to a close... More...
Swine Flu mutates again as complacency grows:
There have been warnings this week from business leaders against complacency about swine flu. Although the UK’s Chief Medical Officer has ... More...
Warm praise from Farm Commissioner:
EU Farm Commissioner Marian Fischer Boel has made clear her own enthusiasm for organic farming and organic regulation at the 20th anniversary Biofach exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany... More...
The return of set-aside:
Cash for farmers to leave land uncultivated as wildlife habitat (set-aside) is on its way back into UK farm policy. Farmers themselves are to be asked to... More...
Go to work on an egg - with confidence:
Good news at last for hard pressed egg producers – organic or otherwise. A University of Surrey team has declared that most people can eat as many eggs as they want without damaging their health. The researchers analysed... More...
Shop local - save the planet:
Shop local – save the planet. That’s the retail mantra of many greens and environmentalists. But is it true? It’s a question that researchers at Exeter University set out to answer. Their results, just published ... More...
Surrey FMD report - any lessons learned?:
The Government has accepted all 26 of the main recommendations made by Sir Iain Anderson on the response to the Surrey 2007 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), says the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. Sadly, there still remains a dismal lack of focus by Government and Ministers on the use of preventative vaccination for ... More...
Bluetongue update:
Bluetongue serotype 1 (BTV-1) has now spread across France as close to the UK as Brittany... More...
New cash for bee research:
At last...a boost in funding from Defra to help safeguard the nation’s bees... More...
Organic holidays or Lay-bys - some explanation:
Following the quite heated discussions just prior to Christmas over the floated notion of “Organic Holidays” or “Organic Lay-bys” some clarification of the Organic Research Centre stance on the issue is perhaps necessary. More...
Movement or market debate at ORC 2009 conference:
An impressive gathering of farmers, producers and advisers (over 180 in total) assembled at the Organic Research Centre Producer Conference 2009 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire - January 6th and 7th - to discuss a range of technical and policy matters. Where are ... More...
The return of set aside:
Cash for farmers to leave land uncultivated as wildlife habitat (set-aside) in on its way back into UK farm policy More...
Shop local - save the planet:
Exeter Univ shopping study More...
GM Foods: The Answer? Or Just Empty Promises?:
A thoughtful paper on GM science and policy More...
Any lessons learned from Surrey FMD?:
The Government has accepted all 26 of the main recommendations made by Sir Iain Anderson on the response to the Surrey 2007 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease More...
Organic Cereals project latest:
A look at on-going organic cereals projects More...
News cash for bees:
A boost in funding from Defra to help safeguard the nation’s bees and to deliver more research into their health has been announced by the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn More...
Organic Holidays:
Following the quite heated discussions just prior to Christmas over the floated notion of “Organic Holidays” or “Organic Lay-bys” some clarification of the Organic Research Centre stance on the issue is perhaps necessary More...
Movement or market?:
An impressive gathering of farmers, producers and advisers (over 180 in total) assembled at the Organic Research Centre Producer Conference 2009 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire - January 6th and 7th - to discuss a range of technical and policy matters More...
The end of pesticides in the EU?:
MEPs have voted in the European Parliament to tighten the EU rules on pesticide use... More...
Real Bread Campaign::
A national campaign for Real Bread in the UK has been launched by the environment alliance Sustain, of which the Organic Research Centre (ORC) is a member More...
Open Gate for small growers::
SA looks at light touch regime for growers. More...
Promoting FREE advice service::
Natural England promotes FREE advice service. More...
Europe's pesticide cocktail in food::
PAN report on shocking levels of pesticide residue in EU food. More...
Barbarians at the gate::
Comment from ORC on idea of organic holidays More...
Bulletin 92:
Bulletin 92 More...
Wise words from Hilary Benn::
The world needs a new “fair food” agreement and more reliance on sustainable farming systems to meet the twin challenges of starvation and climate change. That was the central message from Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn in a speech to the Fabian Society in London. More...
EU sustainable farming road map::
New EU organic road map. More...
Oats and soya worries::
Some batches of organic oats being sold in the UK have been found to contain one or both of the pesticide ingredients chlormequat and glyphosate More...
New edition of OFMH 2009:
The eighth edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook comes out in challenging times More...
New superbug worries:
New calls for limits on livestock antibiotic use. More...
Feeding the World Conference success:
The QE2 Conference Centre in Westminster (November 12th 2008) saw over 130 delegates and speakers in hot debate about the failure of GM crop technology to deliver anything on the promises of twenty years ago. In stark contrast speaker after speaker pointed to agro-ecological approaches (including organic agriculture) as extremely attractive sustainable farming and food options, especially in a world fast running out of oil. More...
OCIS - Introduction to FREE advice service.:
Events to introduce FREE advice service More...
Eco offices for ORC:
ORC Elm Farm site refurbishment on track More...
Vaccination fatigue on Bluetongue?:
Is Bluetongue vaccination effort running out of steam? More...
Organic to blame for hungry Africa:
Anti organic speech from Sir David King – let them eat GM. More...
Organic boost from expensive oil:
New report forecasts rising profits for UK organic arable More...
Rocky road for organic market:
UK retail market analysis from TNS More...
Fight back on GM trade in Brazil:
Brazilian farmers and traders launch non-GM crop body More...
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The long arm of GM contamination:
Fears of serious, long distance contamination of organic farms by GM crops appear top be borne out by an incident in central France More...
Sterile cul de sac of GM crops:
A big, new push is under way from bioscience companies to promote their GM crops on the back of global worries about food shortage and high prices. To arms, to arms, a new approach is needed from the organic sector to fight this move. More...
Farmland birds race ahead at Goodwood:
While farmland bird populations in South East England are generally tumbling (Defra reports a 21 per cent fall from 1994 to 2006) a real bird conservation success has been logged at one leading organic farm. More...
Bluetongue latest:
Vaccination against the spread of the Bluetongue virus (BTV-8) appears to be working in England More...
EU OK for cloning:
European Food Safety Agency says cloning OK for food safety and the environment More...
Organic boost from Brussels:
New campaign from European Commission says organic is good for everyone. More...
Organic principle and practice - stopping the erosion:
ORC research team reports from IFOAM/ISOFAR in Modena, Italy. More...
Oil-proof food production:
Organic agriculture and other forms of ecological agriculture have received a boost in a new report from the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil. More...
The last great land grab:
Demand for land to grow food, fuel crops and wood is set to outstrip supply, leading to the further destruction of forests and other valuable habitat. More...
Survey on Bluetongue jabs:
Two key livestock scientists - Dr Chris Oura (Institute for Animal Health) and Dr James Wood (University of Cambridge) have embarked on a new study to investigate the effectiveness and application of Bluetongue vaccination in Britain. More...
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Slow down on biofuels:
The introduction of biofuels into the UK transport and industry sectors should be slowed down, says a new report from the Government’s Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA). More...
TB policy - one day we'll vaccinate:
Defra not to cull badgers - will use vaccination for TB when available More...
GM coexistence in trouble in Spain:
GM maize edges out organic production in Spain. More...
GM - an answer to which question?:
Dysfunctional technology of GM is no answer to world hunger More...
Credit crunch effects:
Is the UK organic sector defying food industry and media sceptics who’ve predicted that the organics and fair trade sectors will be the first to be hit by the credit crunch? And whose figures on the size of the UK organic retail market should we believe anyway? More...
Light at end of BSE tunnel?:
UK risk of BSE downgraded More...
Have your say on CAP health check:
Defra consults on CAP health check More...
Beware GM cul de sac:
ORC says no to GM in poultry and other feeds More...
Taking the pulse of organic animal health:
ORC Organic Animal Health Colloquium More...
BBOP july:
BBOP details More...
Organic solution to wrold hunger:
The charity Send a Cow has urged world leaders meeting in Rome to invest in small-scale organic farming as the best way out of the world’s food crisis for the poorest of the poor. More...
H7 avian influenza in Oxfordshire:
The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has confirmed (June 3rd) Avian Influenza in chickens on premises near Banbury in Oxfordshire More...
Farm-animal MRSA strain arrives in the UK:
Farm-animal MRSA strain arrives in the UK More...
New flu threat emerges:
This week The Times reported the findings of work in the United States on avian influenza which shows that in addition to the H5N1 strain, a few H7 strains of the virus have also started to evolve some of the traits they would need to infect people easily. More...
New wave of livestock disease:
Paul van Aarle of Intervet says that after Bluetongue, we can expect to see Rift Valley Fever and West Nile-virus arriving in Europe before long. More...
Bright, new, shiny CAP:
Health check of CAP More...
All change please:
We are living in a changing world. Organic farmers, along with all farmers across the globe, are operating within a new order of global warming and apparent food shortage. More...
Fixing fertility building:
The development of a complex legume based mixture for better fertility building is to become a reality in a new project, led by the Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm. The mixture will be designed to optimise the transfer of nitrogen from the fertility building ley to the subsequent crops in the rotation. More...
Global warming - it's us:
It’s official - scientists are now able to say with some certainty that the global climate change, observed over the past four decades, is not the result of natural phenomena. It is man made. More...
OCIS Info Sheet:
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All eyes on bees:
The UK’s beekeepers are pressing Defra to carry out an urgent research programme into the diseases that are threatening the very survival of honey bees in Britain and in other parts of the world. More...
Application Form ORC:
Application Form ORC More...
Something fishy:
The Center for Food Safety in the United States has sent letters to the top state law enforcement officials of 49 states, urging them to take action against the misleading practice of labeling seafood imports as “organic.” More...
An organic Wales:
Land area under organic management in Wales increased by 15% in 2007 and now amounts to some 90,000 ha on 800 holdings, that’s 6.3% of Welsh agricultural area. More...
Over paid on OELS?:
The sorry saga of UK incompetence in the administration of farm subsidy continues. The Farmers Guardian reports that a large number of payments made to farmers under Organic Entry Level Stewardship (OELS) are being reviewed after Natural England found that some had been overpaid by up to £25,000. More...
OCIS contact details:
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Food crisis silver lining:
The gathering world food crisis is bad news for many of the world’s poor and for developing economies, but rather good news for others. Global agribusiness firms, traders and speculators are currently raking in huge profits. More...
Roll up, roll up - ORC ARABLE EVENTS:
Full details of ORC arable events 2008 More...
Dutch demand organic:
The Netherlands Ambassador to London – Pim Waldeck – has taken the occasion of a brief speech at the Organic and Natural Products Show at London’s Olympia to outline some new organic market policies from the Dutch Government. More...
Brave new world of sustainable cereals:
The future focus of European cereal production will be on low input (possibly organic) systems which deploy genetically diverse crops through either varietal mixtures or composite cross populations. These crops will contribute to a multifunctional agriculture. More...
Rice at US$1000 a tonne:
Apocalyptic visions of a world fast running out of food have moved uncomfortably up the news agenda to present-day reality. The Financial Times reports that rice prices have hit the US$1,000-a-tonne level for the first time as panicking importers scrambled at auctions (April 17th 2008) to secure supplies. More...
Fresh pandemic worries for H5N1:
Alarm about a possible human H5N1 flu pandemic has resurfaced on news wires and across the media after fresh evidence that avian flu, circulating in poultry in the Far East, can be transmitted from person to person. More...
Campaign details for Bluetongue:
Defra’s plans for how it intends to deliver Bluetongue BTV-8 vaccine to the nation’s anxious livestock farmers has just been revealed. They appear to rely rather a lot on crossed fingers, prayers and “flexibility”. And it now looks likely that the whole of England may well be declared a Bluetongue “Restricted Zone” by this summer. More...
GM rape persists in Swedish trial:
Seeds from some genetically modified crops can endure in soil for at least 10 years. That’s the finding of Swedish scientists who examined a field, originally planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago, and found transgenic specimens were still growing there. More...
Re-think on EU logo:
The European Commission has confirmed that the implementation of the new EU-wide organic “Bio” logo will be postponed until 2010. More...
Hold fire on biofuels:
The UK Government should delay introducing road biofuel at the pumps. More...
The return of free conversion advice:
A re-vampled free information and advice service for English farmers thinking of converting to organic production has been launched by Defra Sustainable Food and Farming Minister Lord Rooker. More...
Bluetongue menace:
The relentless spread of Bluetongue across the UK continues with at least 110 holdings now affected. More...
US research urges organic fruit and veg:
The Organic Center, based in Boulder Colorado USA has concluded that the conversion of all eight million acres of U.S. produce farms (horticultural land) from “conventional” to organic would reduce pesticide dietary risks by some 97 per cent. More...
A scorched earth policy:
As the world hurtles towards an ever warmer future, delegates to the conference busied themselves with debate on the business opportunities that climate change presents. Let’s make some money, they said, before it’s too late. More...
Bulletin 91:
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Hot out of oven results:
Initial results from test baking of the composite cross populations show that the populations perform consistently between organic and conventional systems, unlike a mixture and a conventionally-bred variety which do well in non-organic but not organic systems More...
Shepherding livestock diversity:
This week sees the first meeting of a new National Standing Committee designed to encourage the sustainable use and protection of the UK’s rich diversity of livestock breeds. More...
Self congratulations from FSA:
2007 consumer survey from FSA More...
Global growth is organic:
The world’s retail organic agriculture market is worth nearly US$40 billion a year and is now produced from over 30 million hectares of land. Australia has by far the largest organic production area (12.3 million hectares). More...
Throwing everything at TB:
The Government's current method of controlling cattle TB - surveillance, testing and slaughter - is not working effectively. That is the conclusion of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee in its report Badgers and cattle TB, published on February 27th. More...
Royal Society points TB finger at badgers:
A new, independent report, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, has concluded that the majority of bovine tuberculosis spread in high-risk areas is a result of badger-to-cattle interaction. More...
On Jamie and organic chicken:
The “Jamie Oliver” effect, resulting from the screening of the TV show Jamie’s Fowl Dinners, is seeing supermarkets suffering shortages of free range and organic chicken, reports the Daily Mail. More...
Wheat Breeding LINK Project Summary:
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ORC Conference proceedings:
Full proceedings from The Organic Research Centre’s December 2007 producer conference, hosted in collaboration with Organic Inform, are now available online. More...
Lock up you carbon?:
Defra study illustrates problems of locking up soil organic carbon More...
Shock at low levels of poultry welfare:
A new Defra –funded, Bristol University study says one in four battery-reared chickens has difficulty walking. More...
Every little helps…apparently:
Finally supermarkets are properly investigated More...
Livestock numbers game:
Are the world's livestock such polluters of our atmosphere? More...
Small change for climate:
New plan from EU to combat climate change More...
Biofuels - bad,bad,bad:
MPs say biofuels are no solution More...
Bulletin issue 89:
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Bulletin issue 90:
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Conversion grant distortions?:
Mark Measures discusses the effects of organic conversion grants - OELS More...
Dorset swans mean vaccinate now:
The time has come for preventive vaccination of UK outdoor poultry (Jan 2008) More...
Food report for Prime Minister:
Cabinet Office report says proper food policy could save 70,000 lives a year More...
A bright future for horses:
Horse power on Iain Tolhurst's holding More...
No Catch cod gets battered:
The world’s first organic cod farm, run by Johnson Seafarms just off Shetland, is in crisis. The firm has been put into administration with its directors sacked after they allegedly ran up debts totalling £40 million in the last two years. More...
In sickness and in health:
We have had a year of disease after disease. More...
Green shoots of organic plant breeding:
New hope for EU effort on organic plant breeding More...
Focused organic funding:
For organic read multifunctional More...
Supermarkets bad - box schemes god:
The real expense of supermarket veg More...
H5N1 Whodunnit?:
Wild birds blamed for Diss avian flu outbreak More...
Defra dithers on vaccination:
Trade issues derail livestock vaccination More...
Enhanced quality of organic food:
An ORC briefing on the evidence for enhanced nutritional quality of organic foods More...
December producer conference:
Full programme for ORC conference now available More...
GM crop policy farce:
Defra stalls on coexistence policy for GM crops More...
Bluetongue vaccine on way:
Defra to tender for Bluetongue vaccine More...
Organic Food Qualities:
Newcastle University thumbs up for organic food quality More...
U turn on killing badgers:
King report says badgers should be culled to control spread of TB in cattle More...
ORC Producer Conference:
It’s here again. After the successful re-introduction of the Cirencester producer conference in December 2006, the Organic Research Centre-Elm Farm is pleased to announce that the second conference in the series is confirmed. It will take place at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester over two days starting at lunchtime on Monday 10th December. More...
Carbon cows:
How green are dairy cows? More...
Employment application form 2007:
Employment application form More...
How processed do you want your organic food?:
Should processing and additives be applied to organic foods? More...
Boxing clever:
How good are organic box schemes More...
Why not vaccinate?:
German vets call for FMD preventive vaccination More...
Bluetongue is here:
Bluetongue in Suffolk declared outbreak by Defra vets More...
Global meat risk:
Global meat production heightens global disease risk, says FAO. More...
High price of not being organic:
Pesticide catastrophed in Caribbean More...
Disappearing Livestock:
Agricultural biodiversity is under threat again. More...
Bulletin Issue 88:
Bulletin Issue 88 More...
Publications Order Form 2007:
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Bulletin Issue 87:
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EASI Programme Manager:
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Global rethink on biofuels:
Global rethink on biofuels urged by FAO chief More...
Doing the job properly:
Doing the job properly is a new publication from The Organic Research Centre More...
Employment Application Form 2007:
Employment Application Form 2007 More...
The challenge of cutting energy use on organic farms:
It’s all rather circular – farms both produce and consume energy. Much recent attention has been focused on farm-sourced biofuels, but a recent Soil Association conference reminded us that farms themselves are major energy consumers. More...
How much organic land in Europe:
How much organic land in Europe More...
Bird flu latest - Wild birds and H5N1 in France:
Bird flu latest - Wild birds and H5N1 in France More...
Passing the taste test:
Baking guru Andrew Whitley with some rather special bread in his kitchen... More...
Passing the taste test [Picture]:
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COR2008 [Logo]:
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COR2008 Paper:
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COR2008 Info Pack 1:
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“Organocrats” deliver another false dawn:
After several false dawns the new EU Regulation More...
2007 OAS:
Organic Advisory Service Information More...
A licence to pollute and profit:
Carbon emissions aren’t going down, industries aren’t switching to clean energy technology More...
Let's stop bleating about the bushes:
As climate change starts to bite, the advantages of agroforestry become increasingly obvious More...
No to the agrofuels craze:
No to the agrofuels craze, says campaign group GRAIN More...
...but not organic carrots:
Try something new today, says Sainsbury’s – but not organic carrots More...
Farm animal superbug worries:
MRSA superbug threat to human health from infected farm animals More...
Organic Inform Banner:
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Organic inform logo:
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Brussels takes pride in its new organic regulation:
Brussels takes pride in its new organic regulation More...
Organic chicken and ITV:
A call for real organic poultry – produced with ethics, principles and adherence to proper organic standards More...
Organic megastore:
US organic megastore - Whole Foods - arrives in London More...
Biofuels end cheap food:
It’s official – biofuels are taking over as the main growth driver for agricultural demand. So says the world’s leading investment bank Goldman Sachs. More...
How green are grocers?:
A new mantra is sweeping the City of London, says Organic Research Centre director Lawrence Woodward - “Green is the new black”. Incredibly, key investors and opinion formers are ready to swallow such ideas that “Tesco is helping to set the pace in the fight against climate change”. More...
GM Freeze in consultation plea:
GM Freeze in consultation plea. Let's have some proper thought on GM contamination in the EU. More...
Poultry 2007 Booking Form:
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A Sense of Public Duty:
A Sense of Public Duty - Thoughts on Compensation for Bernard Matthews More...
Sheep Scab Defeats Organic Production?:
An animal health crisis is threatening the future viability of organic sheep production in the UK. More...
Black stem rust of wheat: a re-awakening nightmare?:
Back in eighteenth century Europe, a man called Tozzetti noted that black stem rust disease of wheat was worse in fields where barberry... More...
Rome conference message:
Rome conference says organic farming is the way to feed a hungry world running low on fossil fuels More...
The Centenary Birthday Party of Rachel Carson:
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE…… More...
GM Potato Trials Honesty:
Honesty call for info on GM potato trials More...
Collapsing Colonies:
Collapsing colonies - Are GM crops killing bees? More...
High tech Professor:
Professor Bill McKelvey of the Scottish Agricultural College thinks a future hungry world cannot be fed by organic agriculture. More...
Arable events leaflet 2007:
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RES703 job description:
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Science of organic food quality:
A growing body of scientific evidence from the EU and USA underlines the real additional benefits of organic foods. More...
Soil fertility partnership:
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm is one of the key partners in a new Defra-funded project examining soil fertility building More...
New Lab Launched:
Laverstoke Park launches new Soil Foodweb lab. Seminar invitation to attend launch in May. More...
Don’t blame migratory birds for Bird Flu:
The cloud of suspicion over wild birds as primary vectors of the H5N1 virus is being lifted... More...
Administrative Officer job spec and description:
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Additional information Admin Officer OI:
Additional information Admin Officer OI More...
Pirbright FMD whitewash:
The Anderson Report into last summer's FMD outbreak in Surrey is a whitewash More...
Not so bootiful now:
What lessons has Bernard Matthews learned from the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in his Suffolk turkeys. More...
Deforestation diesel - the madness of biofuels:
How sustainable are biofuels? Politicians love them, conservationists have a different view. More...
Recruitment: Biogas Programme Manager - Additional Information:
Biogas Programme Manager - Additional Information More...
Recruitment: Biogas Programme Manager - application form:
Recruitment: Biogas Programme Manager - application form More...
David Astor Lecture:
The first in a series of David Astor Memorial Lectures More...
Bulletin Issue 86:
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Bulletin Issue 85:
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Bulletin Issue 84:
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Bulletin Issue 83:
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Bulletin Issue 82:
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Bird flu in Suffolk:
Bird flu H5N1 has been confirmed in Suffolk on an intensive turkey farm. More...
Red alert on blue tongue:
The serious ruminant disease of blue tongue is providing scientists with a perfect example of global warming in action. As it spreads north from the Mediterranean to Holland and Germany, European livestock farmers are already feeling the heat. More...
Standards,standards:
The "organicness" of air freight and the suitability of modern livestock breeds such as Holstein cows and hybrid brioler chickens were two issues under the microscope at the Soil Association annual conference in Cardiff last weekend. Both issues are to be examined by the SA standards committee for a decsion to made "within the year". More...
Research Project- WheatLINK:
A project summary of the Defra LINK funded project WheatLINK More...
Bird flu in Hungary:
First case of H5N1 Avian Flu logged in EU in Hungary in 2007 More...
Supermarket study hints at market failure:
Competition Commission publishes early findings of UK supermarket study. Some market failings identified. More...
On being organic and “anti-normal”:
On being organic and “anti-normal” More...
Grabbing back control:
Grabbing back control – The Cirencester Conference 2006 More...
Not too late to protect the future:
Not too late to protect the future – the organic role More...
Why Beyond Organics ?:
There can be no doubt that the state of our planet's environment, the health; the economic and social plight of peoples in all parts of the world is far more parlous than it was 25 years ago. The warning from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board in their 2005 report puts it succinctly... More...
poultry researcher job description 2007:
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poultry researcher Additional information:
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poultry researcher EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM 2007:
poultry researcher EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM 2007 More...
Organic Producers Programme:
Organic Producers Programme 11th December 2006 More...
UK organic stats:
Do statistics tell the whole story - How thriving is the UK organic sector? More...
A leap too far?:
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Organic Producers: In Principle and In Practice:
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EFORC GM coexistence response:
Living wih GM neighbours More...
Engineering Coexistence:
Living wih GM neighbours... More...
Why organic salmon is causing a nasty smell:
What's the difference between organic farmed salmon and the much-demonised variety that's kept in cages, stuffed with colours and pesticides, doomed to swim in its own faeces and prematurely slaughtered? More...
Seeing the Wood, the Trees and the Catch 22:
Article from EFRC's Bulletin issue 84 More...
Battling on for Avian Flu preventive vaccination:
Article from EFRC's Bulletin issue 84 More...
GM co-existence – A test for Mr Miliband:
Article from EFRC's Bulletin issue 84 More...
Playing a central role in energy reviews:
Article from EFRC's Bulletin issue 84 More...
Act now to protect outdoor poultry from H5N1 Avian Flu:
A summary of preventive vaccination requirements More...
Scientific references and links relevant to AI preventive vaccin:
Scientific references and links relevant to AI preventive vaccination More...
Vaccination Nation:
House of Commons hears EFRC analysis on More...
Bird flu in Czech Republic:
H5N1 confirmed in turkeys in the Czech Republic More...
France jumps the gun on GM Pharming test sites:
French make dangerous GM crop decision ... More...
Organic Columbian Blacktail eggs – the Stonegate/Waitrose supply:
Organic egg trail for Waitrose... More...
Team Leader recruitment for organic agriculture project in Turke:
Team Leader recruitment for organic agriculture project in Turkey More...
White House Parties:
US call for more organic dollars More...
England's rural development future...:
England's rural development future... More...
GM debate bubbles below...:
GM debate bubbles below... More...
A King-sized cock-up...:
A King-sized cock-up... - Front page of issue 83 of EFRC's Bulletin More...
Contract Researcher job description:
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AHFsale:
Abbey Home Farm Sale, 6th June 2006 More...
Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS) and the new EU Or:
Difficult birth for new EU organic regs … More...
The Organic Conversion Information Service – have your say:
Have your say on future of Organic Conversion…. More...
Sky high cost of terminator seeds…:
Sky high cost of terminator seeds… More...
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PESTICIDE EXPOSURE: New leaflet from PAN U:
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PESTICIDE EXPOSURE: New leaflet from PAN UK More...
English Nature Decision Support Tree:
Are Organics for you on your Nature Reserve? - A decision tree & related information to help you decide More...
Lush growth in UK organic vegetable market:
Lush growth in UK organic vegetable market More...
Annual Report 2004-2005:
EFRC Annual Report More...
Letter to Tony Blair - making an organic living...:
Letter to Tony Blair - making an organic living... More...
Thumbs up for EFRC Lean Economy Initiative...:
Thumbs up for EFRC Lean Economy Initiative... More...
Living with Biodiversity and Productivity:
Living with Biodiversity and Productivity More...
Joanne Bower:
Joanne Bower More...
J Bower photo:
J Bower photo More...
No energy policy can provide a cost-free solution to climate cri:
No energy policy can provide a cost-free solution to climate crisis More...
Soil Use and Management, 2005, 21:
A journal article on available P and K in organic grassland More...
Demi-gods R Us:
Demi-gods R Us More...
Call for coherent UK Government strategy on Avian Flu:
EFRC presses for preventive vaccination for Avian Flu More...
Blight MOP, Annals of Applied Biology, 2005:
A published paper on the 'Blight Mop' project. More...
Are transgenic plants bad for human health?:
Are transgenic plants bad for human health? More...
EU organic reforms..."seriously damaging"...:
EU organic reforms..."seriously damaging"... More...
Booming wheat market leads organic arable expansion:
Marketing alliance counts organic arable success… More...
Avian flu haunts Europe 20th Feb:
Latest info on Avian flu More...
R&D priorites final report:
Final report for research project OF0350 More...
R&D priorities final report appenices:
OF0350 appendix to final report More...
Conversion in China boosts global organic area:
China boosts global organic acres More...
Booming wheat market:
Marketing alliance counts organic arable success More...
Buffer zones for crop spraying…good or bad?:
Buffer zones for crop spraying…good or bad? More...
Bird Flu update – latest from RSPB:
Bird Flu update – latest from RSPB More...
RELU Full report:
A full report on the RELU project: Learning and research for sustainable agro-ecosystems by both farmers and scientists. More...
RELU short report:
A short report on the RELU project: Learning and research for sustainable agro-ecosystems by both farmers and scientists. More...
RELU briefing note:
A briefing note on the RELU project Learning and research for sustainable agro-ecosystems by both farmers and scientists. More...
German researchers calculate real price of Schnitzel:
German researchers calculate real price of Schnitzel More...
Practical lean energy solution – part-funded by EFRC:
Practical lean energy solution – part-funded by EFRC More...
You decide – dietary health decisions rest in hands of individua:
The latest UK Government policy fix for the growing epidemic and costs of diet-derived ill health is to “personalize” the issue – to remove Government’s role and leave it to the individual. More...
COR 2006:
What will organic farming deliver? More...
Beware biofuel enthusiasm:
Beware biofuel enthusiasm More...
Antibiotics lurking in veg says US study:
Antibiotics lurking in veg says US study More...
ENEAC- poster:
Who are ENEAC? More...
An introduction to the Euorpean Network for Eco Agro-Culture (EN:
An introduction to ENEAC More...
EFRC partner in Sustain school meal campaign:
EFRC partner in Sustain school meal campaign More...
Booming Organic Sales:
Booming retail sales star in Organic Market Report 2005 More...
Scottish hill farmers lose organic enthusiasm:
Scottish hill farmers lose organic enthusiasm More...
Avian flu briefing Nov 05:
A sense of proportion in a world gone Avian 'Flu mad. More...
IFOAM principles:
New IFOAM principles agreed More...
EFRC and school meal legislation:
EFRC urges joined up nutrition thinking in school meals legislation More...
Meacher's GE albatross:
Meacher's GE albatross - Lawrence Woodward More...
What is CAP reform?:
What is CAP reform? More...
The Impact of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy in England:
The Impact of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy in Engl More...
Project Summary: Quality and Environmental benchmarking for Orga:
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English nature Project 2004/05:
Information about the English Nature project under-taken by EFRC More...
High price of organic food?:
A central question about organic food and one which perhaps deters consumers from across all income brackets is price. Why is it that organic food is so often sold at a premium? More...
Elm Farm Research Centre response to DEFRA consultation on the t:
Elm Farm Research Centre response to DEFRA consultation on the transposition of EU Council Directive 2003/85 on Foot and Mouth Disease More...
Sustainable Production of Organic Wheat:
WheatLINK More...
Abstract of SOF research:
Abstract of SOF research More...
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Environment:
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Environment More...
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Enterprises:
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Enterprises More...
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Soils:
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Monitoring - Soils More...
EFRC response to DEFRA consultation on detailed FMD control legi:
EFRC response to DEFRA consultation on detailed FMD control legislation More...
PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK : RACHEL CARSON LECTURE:
PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK : RACHEL CARSON LECTURE More...
Organic imports study:
Organic imports study More...
RESEARCH INTO THE PREVELANCE OF HOCK AND BREAST BURNS:
Hock Burn Research Note More...
Cereal varieties for organic production:
Developing a participatory approach to seed production and varietal selection More...
Benefits of organic farming to biodiversity vary among taxa:
Biodiversity on organic farms More...
Out of touch, out of time - slides:
Slides to accompany 'Out of Touch, Out of Time?' More...
Overview of supply and demand for concentrated organic feed in t:
Overview of supply and demand for concentrated organic feed in the EU in 2002 and 2003 More...
Possibilities and limitations of protein supply in organic poult:
Possibilities and limitations of protein supply in organic poultry and pig production - Albert Sundrum More...
Out of Touch and Out of Time - Lawrence Woodward:
Out of Touch and Out of Time - Lawrence Woodward More...
IFOAM - Organic Mega-Countries:
IFAOM Press release - Organic Mega-Countries More...
Participatory Cereals: Project Output: EFRC Bulletin article Dec:
Participatory Cereals output More...
Attackers of organic farming need evidence!:
FARMERS WEEKLY TALKING POINT by Lawrence Woodward O.B.E. More...
LCA Workshop:
LCA Stakeholder workshop More...
Food Miles - Andy Jones:
Food Miles - Andy Jones, Senior Researcher More...
Job application form:
EFRC application for employment More...
FQ Conference Proceedings:
Proceedings from EFRC's Food Quality Conference More...
Introduction from FQ Conference proceedings:
Foreward, Abstracts and Speaker biographies from the FQ conference proceedings More...
Responses to papers, FQ conference:
Responses to papers delivered at the FQ conference More...
Appendices from FQ Conference proceedings:
Appendices from FQ conference More...
Towards Whole Food Quality - Lawrence Woodward:
Towards Whole Food Quality - Lawrence Woodward More...
Understanding the relationship between production methods and fo:
Understanding the relationship between production methods and food quality using mainstream scientific concepts - Kirsten Brandt More...
Complementary methods of food quality determination - Prof Angel:
Complementary methods of food quality determination - Prof Angelika Meier-Ploeger More...
"Extra Quality" of organic food? - Dr Jurgen Strube and Peter St:
"Extra Quality" of organic food? - Dr Jurgen Strube and Peter Stolz More...
Characterisation of the biochrystallisation method using compute:
Characterisation of the biochrystallisation method using computerised image analysis - Dr Johannes Kahl More...
Report on the Conference by a Delegate - Laura Davis:
Report on the Conference by a Delegate - Laura Davis More...
100% Organic Ration Works for Organic Table Birds:
100% Organic Ration Works More...
Project OF0350:
What do you want out of organic food & farming research? More...
Defra's strategic direction:
EFRC presents its views on Defra's 5 year strategy. More...
Defra 5 year strategy:
Defra 5 year strategy More...
Notes from a COR workshop:
Participation in research More...
Vegetable transplant production for organic cropping systems:
Organic vegetable transplants possible? More...
Inter-row hoeing and its associated agronomy:
A review of knowledge article on Inter-row hoeing in organic cereal and pulse crops More...
Non-animal based nutrient sources:
Alternative methods of plant raising More...
Modelling manure NPK flows:
Modelling manure NPK flows in organic farming systems to minimise nitrate leaching, NH3 volatilization and NO2 emissions (OF0197) More...
Poultry: Summary of Work to Date:
A summary of the research EFRC has completed in silvo-poultry production systems More...
Functional Biodiversity:
An examination of functional biodiversity by Wakelyns Agroforestry More...
Sheepdrove Organic Farm – Monitoring, R & D:
Sheepdrove Organic Farm research document detailing R & D at Sheepdrove More...
Impacts of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy:
Rural Communities More...
Poultry Breed and Feed Trials:
How changes in organic certification will affect breed and feed More...
Weed Management:
Participatory investigation of the management of weeds in organic production systems More...
Improving perfromance of arable crops:
Improving nitrogen use and performance of arable crops on organic arable farms using an expert group approach More...
Late Blight Management:
Development of a systems approach for the management of late blight (Phytophthora infestans) in organic potato production More...
Organic Cereals:
Organic cereal variety and mixtures trials More...
Genetically Diverse Wheat Populations:
Generating & Evaluating A Novel Genetic Resource In Wheat Diverse Environments More...
COR Paper: Mark Measures:
Farm Auditing for Sustainability More...
COR Paper: Scott Phillips:
Plant Breeding for Agricultural Diversity More...
COR Paper: Professor Martin Wolfe:
Ecological Cropping Systems – An Organic Target More...
COR: Colloquium of Organic Researchers:
Information about COR More...
Health, Sustainability and the Global Economy:
Given at the 11th International IFOAM Conference in Copenhagen , Denmark, August 1996. More...
The Importance of GM Crops for UK Agriculture:
Society is not split - there are pockets of bewilderment, some indifference and there is some pro-GM opinion - but by and large public feeling seems to be more or less anti More...
FMD Lessons Learned Inquiry:
EFRC submission on Foot and Mouth Disease More...
Animal Health and Welfare Strategy:
A consultation document by UK Government, the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales. Consultation response by Elm Farm Research Centre. Position statement. More...
The Environmental Benefits of Organic Farming:
A DEFRA Project. This is the Executive Summary of the DEFRA-funded project, OF0405, by authors Mark Shepherd, Dr Bruce Pearce, Bill Cormack, Lois Philipps, Steve Cuttle, Anne Bhogal, Peter Costigan & Roger Unwin. More...
Functional Biodiversity:
An article by Professor Martin Wolfe, Research Director of EFRC More...
Eating Oil Report summary:
A summary version of the report “Eating Oil: Food supply in a changing climate” produced by Sustain and Elm Farm Research Centre More...
Consumer Perceptions of Organic Food Quality:
by Lawrence Woodward and Prof Dr Angelika Meier-Ploeger. First presented by Lawrence Woodward, at the IFOAM Conference, Mar Del Plata, Argentina, November 1998. More...
Organic argiculture debate:
Organic Agriculture: A Necessity or An Irrelevance in the Creation of A Sustainable Society? More...
Can Organic Farming Feed the World?:
Lawrence Woodward, Director of Elm Farm Research Centre, discusses the favourite question posed by critics of organic agriculture More...
Campylobacter: Project Output:
Campylobacter Output More...
Breed and Feed1: Project Ouput:
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Campylobacter: Project Summary:
Project Summary More...
Breed and Feed 1: Project Summary:
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Breed and Feed 2: Project Summary:
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Breed and Feeed 3: Project Summary:
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OatLINK: Project Output:
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OatLINK: Project Summary:
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RELU- Farmer and Researcher Collaboration: Project Summary:
Learning and research for sustainable agro-ecosystems by both farmers and scientists More...
Wheat Breeding: Project Output IFOAM 2003:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: ABACUS 2004:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: COR paper 1 2004:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: COR 2004 Presentation 1:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: COST 860 presentation 1:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: COST 860 presentation 2 2004:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: SUSVAR poster 2005:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: BCPC presentation 2004:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: BCPC paper 2004:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Output: COR paper 2 2004:
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SUSVAR: Project Summary:
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Ergot LINK: Project Summary:
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Wheat Breeding: Project Summary:
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Participatory cereals: Project Output: EFRC bulletin article NIA:
Particpatory Cereals: Output More...
Participatory Cereals: Project Output: newsletter 1 spring 2004:
Participatory Cereals output More...
Participatory Cereals: Project Output: newsletter 2 autumn 2004:
Participatory Cereals output More...
Participatory Cereals: Project Output: newsletter 3 spring 2005:
Participatory Cereals Output More...
Participatory Cereals: Project Output: poster 05-05:
Participatory Cereals output More...
Project Summary: Participatory Cereals:
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Weeds management in organic systems:
Research into weed management in organic systems More...
Bulletin 102 published:
The new issue of the ORC Bulletin has been published... More...
Preliminary summary of workshop results:
Preliminary summary of workshop results More...
Avian 'flu - the issues:
Avian 'flu - the issues More...
MEPs vote on GM coexistence:
The recent vote in the European Parliament for a maximum GM contamination level in EU organic products of 0.1% should be welcomed as a success... More...