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Organic Research Centre builds on research focus with the appointment of Dr Will Simonson

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) has announced the appointment of Dr Will Simonson as the new Head of Research.  Dr Simonson replaces Dr Bruce Pearce, who stepped down from the role last month after 21…
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RABI extends support for farmers with new wellbeing initiative

Charity’s evolving strategy aims to reach more farming people http://www.rabi.org.uk/kooth With 2020 bringing ever greater levels of uncertainty and unexpected changes, pressures on the farming community continue to grow. As part of a new package…
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Farewell to Bruce and Anja

This week we sadly bid farewell to two long-serving members of our team - Bruce Pearce and Anja Vieweger - with more than thirty years of service between them! Dr Bruce Pearce joined Elm Farm…
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One year in, one year to go: Assessing Public Good delivery on farm

ORC researchers and advisors are now at the halfway point of one of their Environmental Land Management scheme: Test &Trials (ELMs T&T). Led by the Soil Association, this project is looking at the capacity of…
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Calling all organic producers - write to your MP on mutual equivalence

The NFU is calling all organic farmers and growers to write to their MP to express their concerns about securing mutual equivalence between UK and EU organic standards. This is following a letter written to…
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First open source detection test for a gene-edited GM crop

Greenpeace, together with other non-governmental organisations, non-GMO food associations and a food retailer, announced that the first-ever public detection method for a gene-edited crop has been successfully developed and published. The new research refutes claims…
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Growing Beyond Monoculture

The DIVERSify project has produced a web series about various aspects of intercropping. Three episodes are now online covering the subjects of ecosystem services, tools and techniques, and innovation and gaps. Episode 1: from the…
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New US study on glyphosate and organic diets

Glyphosate levels in children and adults drop dramatically after one week of eating organic.
Research breaks new ground in tracking. Roundup pesticide contamination in American families’ diets

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Tell us what you think. Enter to win!

Agricology has been awarded a Defra ELM Test in partnership with the University of Reading to research how effective videos and podcasts are as tools to learn about farming practices. As part of this study…
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ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

'The first major review of our food system in 75 years' ORC welcomes the launch of the independent National Food Strategy, led by Henry Dimbleby, which was published on Monday (29th July 2020). We applaud…
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