Organic news around the UK

14 June 2019

Farmers aim to grow UK's first viable organic OSR crop

23 May 2019

Organic oilseed rape is 'notoriously difficult' to grow

Organic producer numbers increase but total land area falls

17 May 2019

Total area of land used for organic farming fell by 8.4% in 2018

Certifiers team up to expand markets for organic food production

29 April 2019

Global opportunities for organic food expansion as certifiers unite

'Flexitarians' help drive growth in organic eggs

15 March 2019

'We think organic shoppers are motivated by health and are ahead of the game in managing their diet'

Concern mounts as organic farmers face potential Brexit trade embargo

9 March 2019

The NFU has said it is vital a Brexit deal is agreed as organic farmers face the prospect of a trade embargo if the UK leaves with 'no deal'...

Halal meat can't be labelled organic, EU's top court rules

27 February 2019

Halal and kosher meat cannot be labelled 'organic' as the practices do not place high emphasis on the animals' welfare, the EU's top court h...

West Sussex farmer crowned Organic Dairy Farmer of the Year

18 February 2019

A West Sussex farmer has been crowned National Organic Dairy Farmer of the Year at this year’s British Dairying Cream Awards in Warwickshire...

Farm launches first UK-made 100% grass-fed organic cheddar

12 February 2019

The UK's first grass-fed Pasture for Life organic cheddar has been launched, created by cows that have never eaten any grains or cereals thr...

UK organic market now worth £2.33bn with 5% growth in 2018

7 February 2019

The UK organic market is now worth £2.33 billion with a 5.3 percent growth in 2018, the highest ever value placed on the organic market. ...

Farmer who diversified into organic seeks new business partner

9 January 2019

A Pembrokeshire farmer who diversified into growing organic crops is seeking a new and younger business partner to work alongside him, and c...

Organic farming has bigger climate impact, study suggests

21 December 2018

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study ...

UK organic sector 'well behind' its counterparts, calls for unity

23 November 2018

The UK organic sector is “well behind” its counterparts in Europe and must now “unite” to capitalise on the growth of organic food. Deleg...

Soil Association revises its organic standards following consultation

14 November 2018

The Soil Association has revised its organic standards to make them "strengthened" and "more straightforward" for farmers. It follows a m...

Brother and sister farming duo win major dairy award

18 October 2018

A Hertfordshire brother and sister farming partnership have been awarded a dairy cooperative's Farm of the Year award. Daniel and Claire ...

Organic trade bodies call for 'clear contingency plan' after Brexit

8 October 2018

Organic trade bodies are calling for a "clear contingency plan" to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of...

Sustainable farming campaigner Lord Peter Melchett dies aged 71

31 August 2018

Tributes have flooded in following the death of Norfolk farmer and sustainable farming campaigner, Lord Peter Melchett, who has died aged 71...

Dairy and fresh produce helps grow organic food sales by 4%

29 August 2018

Dairy and fresh produce sales have helped organic food sales grow by 4 percent in 2018, new figures show. The figures, over 12 months end...

Organic food exports 'at mercy of EU direction' after no-deal Brexit

28 August 2018

An organic certification body has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks the continuation of organic food exports to the EU, which will then be ...

Organic dairy farm under fire following release of undercover footage

28 August 2018

An organic dairy farm in Somerset is under fire after undercover footage released shows workers abusing livestock. The shocking scenes we...

Organic charity opens second round of interest-free loans for farmers

24 August 2018

A major research charity has opened its second round of interest-free loans ranging from £5,000 to £25,000 to small-scale organic farmers an...

UK organic farm trade to face cliff edge situation after 'no deal' Brexit

23 August 2018

A technical notice has been released on organic farming which suggests that the trade of organic agri-food products would face a cliff edge ...

UK farming 'lagging behind' in race to be more sustainable

21 August 2018

The UK is lagging behind developing countries in the process of making agriculture more sustainable, according to a new global assessment. ...

UK's first farm drive-thru opens to on-the-go consumers

16 August 2018

A farm has made history by constructing the UK's first drive-thru offering on-the-go consumers the estate's organic meat. Rhug Estate, si...

UK dairy co-operative 'optimistic' about Brexit trade talks with EU

2 August 2018

The largest UK organic dairy co-operative has said it is "optimistic" about the direction of EU and UK trade negotiations. The Organic Mi...

Organic sector told to stop 'comparing and criticising' other production systems

6 July 2018

The organic sector has been urged to change the way it engages with farmers and consumers if the opportunities offered by the sector are to ...

Scientists look at ways farmers can move away from 'damaging' plastic

25 May 2018

A research group is looking at ways to move farmers away from using potentially-damaging plastic, which could be affecting the soil and plan...

Number of organic farmers rises by almost 2 percent in 2017

18 May 2018

Latest figures released by Defra show the number of producers farming organically increased by almost 2% in 2017 - the first increase in at ...

Rising demand for organic feed presents opportunities for arable farming

20 April 2018

The demand for organic animal feed is increasing, with a new report revealing that demand significantly outstrips supply. The Soil Associ...

Royal Warrant granted to Rhug Estate Organic Farm

3 April 2018

An organic farm in Denbighshire has been given a Royal Warrant to supply organic meat to Prince Charles' households. The Rhug Estate, nea...

UK 'lagging behind' competitors in development of organic farming

15 March 2018

The UK is "lagging behind" its major European competitors in the development of organic food and farming, according to an organic organisati...