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Organic farming enhances soil carbon stocks 19.10.12

Organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter, says a group of international experts headed by scientists from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) they analysed data from 74 field comparison studies that measured the soil organic carbon (humus) levels in different soils under organic and conventional farming systems throughout the world. Of those, about 20 delivered results that enabled comparisons of carbon sequestration rates among farming systems.

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Organic Tomatoes Contain Higher Levels of Antioxidants Than Conventional Tomatoes 13.07.12

A study conducted at the University of Barcelona shows that organic tomatoes contain higher levels of phenolic compounds than conventional tomatoes. Phenolic compounds are organic molecules found in many vegetables with proven human health benefits.

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Monsanto’s “DroughtGard” Corn Barely a Drop in the Bucket 07.06.12

Monsanto’s new drought tolerant corn, DroughtGard, reduces crop losses only modestly during moderate droughts, and will not reduce the crop’s water requirements, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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RAW- Kickstarting a food and farming revolution 30.05.12

One of the most critical questions of our generation is how to feed our growing population at a time of vast sustainability challenges. Compassionin World Farming’s newest campaign, RAW, explores how we can achieve this in a humane sustainable way. Factory farming is the world’s predominant model of livestock farming – it’s how we rear and slaughter two thirds of our farm animals, currently around 65 billion, every year. But it’s not fit for the future.

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Conference-Local Towns, Local Food Conference - Strengthening Local Economies 24.05.12

The event will examine the role and revival of towns as local food centres and how creating a strong local food web (the connections between people who produce sell and buy locally-sourced food in a local area food) can: 20th June, Leeds. Organised by Sustain and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Organic September – discover why organic food is naturally different 22.05.12

Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic will be taking place throughout September, brought to you by the Soil Association – the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Watch out for events up and down the country on organic farms, in shops, schools, and restaurants and on a high street near you.

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Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2012 03.05.12

The Soil Association Organic Food Awards, now in their 24th year, are the most prestigious and widely respected in the organic sector. Please give a hand to promote the best quality organic food and drink by nominating your favourite product.

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New Soil Association report on Manufactured Nitrogen- Just Say N20 30.04.12

Over the last fifty years much of our farming has become dependent on manufactured nitrogen fertiliser for fertility. However, too much nitrogen harms the environment and the economy, according to the 2011 European Nitrogen Assessment, which reported a study by 200 scientists investigating the unprecedented changes humans have made to the global nitrogen cycle over the last century.

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African Land Grab surrounded in mystery 30.04.12

A new report, Dealing with Disclosure, today reveals how opening up the process around large-scale land deals in developing countries would benefit local communities, governments and business, and provides direction on how this can be achieved.

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Food Authenticity Encouraging Sustainable Supply Chains 29.04.12

Food authentication techniques are gaining popularity, partly because of growing concerns about fraud involving organic and sustainable foods. Organic Monitor finds this development is encouraging sustainability by providing greater traceability across the supply chain.

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Asda, Morrisons and Iceland named as ‘worst offenders’ for undermining children’s healthy eating 29.04.12

The Children’s Food Campaign today launched a report naming Asda, Morrisons and Iceland as the “worst offenders” for undermining parents’ efforts to feed their children healthily, by displaying junk food on four out of five checkouts in their stores. The Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose were also criticised for making families have to queue past displays of unhealthy snacks to reach the tills

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US Organic foods industry creates more than 500,000 jobs 26.04.12

Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference. The report, "2010 Impacts of the U.S. Organic Foods Industry on the U.S. Economy," which shows the organic food industry generated more than five hundred thousand American jobs in 2010, builds on data released by OTA earlier in the week revealing the overall U.S. organic market in 2011 surpassed $31 billion for the first time.

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UK’s Natural and Organic Awards 2012 Winners Announced 04.04.12

BBC star Kate Humble hailed the “incredible passion” of the natural products industry as she announced the Natural & Organic Award winners on Sunday 1 April. Around 450 industry professionals saw her present the awards, jointly hosted by Natural Products magazine and the Soil Association. This year’s Natural Products Outstanding Achievement Award was won by Green & Black’s co-founder Craig Sams.

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E. coli superbugs warning 30.03.12

In a report published this week, the Soil Association warns there is now overwhelming evidence that the excessive use of antibiotics on UK livestock farms is contributing to the rise of drug resistance in human E. coli infections.

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World Scientists Define United Approach to Tackling Food Insecurity 30.03.12

Nearly one billion people in the world are undernourished, while millions suffer from chronic disease due to excess food consumption. Global demand is growing for agricultural products and food prices are rising, yet roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Climate change threatens more frequent drought, flooding and pest outbreaks, and the world loses 12 million hectares of agricultural land each year to land degradation. Land clearing and inefficient practices make agriculture the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution on the planet. Source Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

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Stop Dodo launches a new Green Social Forum 30.03.12

StopDodo, the world’s leading green sector job’s site has launched a new social forum to bring the Green Economy’s key actors together. Have your say and find a new work opportunity at the same time.

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Yeo Valley signs up to Ethical Trade 12.03.12

Yeo Valley, the UK’s largest organic brand, is the latest addition to the Soil Association’s Ethical Trade scheme. This means that all of the milk used for Yeo Valley products – yoghurt, butter, cheese and milk – is now certified to Soil Association Ethical Trade standards. Following a major rebrand, their new packaging – which includes the Ethical Trade logo - went on sale this week.

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UK Organic Sales Down 3.7% in 2011 06.03.12

Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing by 8.8% in 2010 with growth continuing into 2011. The only exception is in the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7% in 2011, according to the latest organic market analysis by the Soil Association, sponsored by Triodos Bank. Source: Soil Association

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Celebrity ‘Steppers’ go crazy during Fairtrade Fortnight 06.03.12

Through the ‘Take A Step for Fairtrade’ campaign, the Fairtrade Foundation wants to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK, The public are being asked to think about what they can do every day, every week or every month throughout 2012 and take a step to make a difference to the lives of farmers in the developing world who produce the products they buy.

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Soil Association Innovation Appeal 17.02.12

How governments invest in agricultural research and innovation plays a pivotal part in shaping what types of food we produce and consume. Given the challenges our global food system is likely to face in the coming century, it’s crucial that we ensure organic and agro-ecological approaches are at the heart of innovative and progressive farming.

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Lost at sea: £2.7 billion and 100,000 jobs 16.02.12

Fisheries are perpetually held up, by biologists as well as economists, as the perfect example of managing a resource terribly. The problems are straightforward and well-understood, the solutions equally so, yet fisheries continue to deliver poorly for coastal communities, the economy as a whole, and not least the marine environment. The blame has tended to fall on the overwhelming influence of vested interests, writes nef’s Rupert Crilly

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Global Organic market grows to 44.5 Billion euros in 2010 15.02.12

Thirty-seven million hectares of agricultural land worldwide are farmed organically. The global market for organic food is estimated at 44.5 billion euros. It grew by approximately eight percent in 2010. The largest growth was in Europe which added 800,000 hectares of organically certified land to reach a total of 10 million hectares.

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‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade in 2012 25.01.12

‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade is this year’s campaign call to people in the UK to engage with the Fairtrade Foundation’s vision of an even bigger movement for positive change on unfair trade, including making the switch to buying Fairtrade.

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The UK Government and Organic- the Lazy man of Europe? 14.02.11

Politicians in Westminster have had a historically uneasy relationship with organic food and farming. While other european countries have acted confidently to normalise and champion organic as a pioneering, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to produce food, uK government policy has been diffident, if not lazy on the subject argues a new report from the Soil Association.

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European Organic market set to rise by 8% in 2011 14.02.11

A spike in investment activity is expected in the European organic food industry as market growth rates rise and capital becomes more accessible. Organic Monitor predicts European sales of organic food & drink to rise by 8 percent in 2011.

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Food fit for a hospital or a dogs home? 07.02.11

A new survey for the Soil Association has revealed that over half of people (53%) would not be happy serving the meals they were given in hospital to a child, 29% say the food was so bad that at times they couldn’t recognise what was on their plate, and nearly a quarter (24%) opted out of the catering entirely – choosing instead to have every meal brought into them by visiting relatives.

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Organic milk is better for you - whatever the weather 27.01.11

Wetter, cooler summers can have a detrimental effect on the milk we drink, according to new research published by Newcastle University. Researchers found milk collected during a particularly poor UK summer and the following winter had significantly higher saturated fat content and far less beneficial fatty acids than in a more ‘normal’ year.

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CUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF CHRISTMAS AND DO YOUR BIG SHOP AT THE CO-OP OR M&S SAYS ETHICAL CONSUMER 22.12.10

As households prepare to do the biggest shop of the year to stock up for the festive season, Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to cut the environmental cost of Christmas by shopping at either the Co-op or M&S which are named today as the UK’s greenest supermarkets in the latest Ethical Consumer buyers’ guide.

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Show Off Your Label Fairtrade Fortnight 28 February - 13 March 2011 29.11.10

Do you love the fact that you buy Fairtrade products and campaign for trade justice whenever possible to help support farmers, workers, their families and communities in developing countries. Well, then you could qualify for the Fairtrade Foundation’s competition to find the biggest Fairtrade show off’s in the UK as part of next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (28 February – 13 March 2011) themed Show Off Your Label.

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New threat to global food security as phosphate supplies become increasingly scarce 29.11.10

A new report from the Soil Association reveals that supplies of phosphate rock are running out faster than previously thought and that declining supplies and higher prices of phosphate are a new threat to global food security. ‘A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security’ highlights the urgent need for farming to become less reliant on phosphate rock-based fertiliser. [1]

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Pressure on UK supermarkets to label meat and milk from animals fed on GM 15.11.10

Following a move by the world’s second largest supermarket, Carrefour, to label foods derived from animals fed a non-GM diet the Soil Association has written to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose to put pressure on them to do the same so UK consumers can make the choice if they want to avoid GM.

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Let Monsanto and others do what they like with GM. 19.10.10

GM probably has some role to play in our future. Ideally it will only be when we develop biota to terraform Mars or any other planet we aren’t critically dependent on, because it’s a super-fucking-high risk business when you start tinkering with the ecosystems of the whole fucking world. (Totally ripped off from GoodFuckingIdea.com)

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YO YO Yeo Valley’s Organic Rap advert 18.10.10

It ’an’t about fast cars, women, shooting your enemies- and there isn’t a piece of Bling Bling gold in sight. It’s the Yeo Valley latest advert, who thought organic could come up with this. Great fun.

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Selling Organic: The Next Chapter Conference 14th October 07.10.10

Organic Farmers and Growers, an organic certifying body, are holding a Conference in Oxford this month that brings together many of the key players from market research organisations, buyers, organic producers and policy bodies.

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French Organic agriculture grows 30% in 2010 01.10.10

After a strong growth in 2009 organic agricultural conversion continues to expand in 2010 shows an analysis of the first 7 months of the year by Bio Agence. The first half of 2010 saw a 30% growth in the number of farmers registering as organic and is causing a re-think on the exisiting aid avaiable for conversion.

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Les jardins du Salvet- Smart Green Technology 01.10.10

For some strange reason there is a connection between Green thinking and technophobia. True many Greens are hostile to transgenetic organisms, not so hot on nuclear power, and want to move away from our total reliance on petrochemicals. However being hostile to certain technologies does not equate with some stone age embracing hostility to all technology. Low carbon living, sustainable living or what ever you call it requires if anything a deeper understanding and more hands on approach to a myriad of technology than present modern, urban living requires. Nowhere was that brought home to me than a day’s training at Jean-Louis Rey and Caroline Rondinaeu’s amazing farm, Les jardins du Salvet.

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Investing in land: a commentary on the World Bank report 22.09.10

The World Bank’s hyped report on land grabbing is confusing and disappointing, because its analysis lacks an understanding of what drives investments, what politics surrounds land deals, and the socio-political dynamics shaping livelihood outcomes writes Ian Scoones. Source: Transnational Insitute.

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CAP 2013:Call to reshape the Common Agricultural Policy 22.09.10

The undersigned European and Belgian organizations, all part of the group of 335 organizations that signed the European Food declaration published last March, jointly request the EU Ministers for agriculture and Commissioner Ciolos who are meeting in La Hulpe to discuss the future of the CAP, to definitively address the challenges and demands placed on both consumers and farmers at European and Global level.

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Salmon- 7 impacts of aquiculture 04.08.10

Once a luxury food, salmon is now one of the most popular fish species in the United States, Europe and Japan. Total salmon production has increased three-fold since 1980 to meet this demand. The largest growth has been in farmed, not wild caught, salmon. Approximately 60 percent (1.26 million metric tons) of the world’s salmon comes from fish farms. Source:WWF

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Meet 3 leading Fairtrade producers at Caffé Culture 24.06.10

The Fairtrade Foundation is bringing three representatives from Fairtrade regional producer networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America to speak at this year’s three-day Caffé Culture conference in Olympia, London which starts today ( 23 June ).

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Cut salt and saturated fat levels demands NICE 22.06.10

Tens of thousands of lives could be saved, and millions of people spared the suffering of living with the effects of heart disease and stroke, simply by producing healthier food says new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance today (Tuesday 22 June). The guidance calls for the food industry to further reduce the salt and saturated fats in the food it produces, building on the good work already started.

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Food industry has buried Health warnings says Green MEP 11.06.10

MEP Carl Schlyter, member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is shadow rapporteur on the food labelling dossier for the Greens. In this interview with Corporate Europe Observatory, he reflects on one of the biggest lobbying battles in Brussels in recent years: the food labelling regulation. Source: Corporate Europe Observatory

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Food Industry spends €1 billion in fight against health warnings 11.06.10

Next week MEPs are due to vote on new legislation on food labelling – determining what nutritional information should be displayed on the packaging of items such as snacks, soft drinks and ready-meals. The vote has been the subject of a major lobby campaign by the food industry, opposed to mandatory information on food packaging. Source Corporate Europe Observatory

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Food Standards dialogue on GM rocked by 2nd resignation 02.06.10

Two prominent members of the UK Food Standards Agency’s GM public dialogue have resigned, accusing the initiative and FSA chair Jeff Rooker of pro-GM bias writes Claire Robinson :Source-Spinwatch

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Riverside Market Garden looking for £10,000 from ethical investors 01.06.10

Riverside Market Garden is a new ethical model for sustainable local food production. This new 10 acre market garden is being created close to Cardiff to make more fresh food available to the local community. To develop the project the project is looking for start up funds of £10,000. Initial investment starts from as low as £50.

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Organic Plum Baby Food snapped up for £10 million 01.06.10

The fact that organic baby food has shrugged off the recession has not been missed by Darwin Private Equity who today announced they have paid £10 million to acquire Plum Baby Limited. Founder Susie Willis will stay on with the company as Creative Director.

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Boycott tuna sandwiches from Boots, Greggs, Subway and Tesco 28.05.10

A survey by Ethical Consumer Magazine has revealed that the fishing methods which these companies employ to catch the Skipjack tuna used in sandwiches results in the unnecessary death of thousands of sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife every year:Source Ethical Consumer Blog

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Fair Trade Vegetables Market Takes Root 28.05.10

With the launch of certified Fairtrade green beans this week, Marks & Spencer is poised to become one of the leading retailers of fairtrade vegetables in Europe. Its move could also kick start the European market for fairtrade vegetables

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Global Fairtrade sales rise 15% to €3.4 Billion 27.05.10

Bonn, 26 May 2010: In one of the most difficult economic years on record, consumers spent an estimated €3.4 Billion on Fairtrade products in 2009 – a 15% increase over the previous year.

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Mung Beans- another Fairtrade First for the Co- 21.05.10

The Co-op, the most innovative and customer owned supermarket chain in the UK has not slowed down it ethical sourcing drive despite the economic downturn. Working with growers from Inner Mongolia and the Fairtrade Foundation they have now launched another market first with Fairtrade bean sprouts.

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First Fairtrade vegetables open the door for Kenyan farmers associations 21.05.10

The first Fairtrade certified vegetables, green beans from Kenya, will go on sale in supermarkets from this week (18 May), creating new opportunities for hundreds of small-scale impoverished Kenyan farmers to sell under Fairtrade terms and through the Fairtrade premium invest in community projects.

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Organic Companies Taking Sustainability Route 18.05.10

Organic product companies are increasingly turning to sustainability in order to shore up their green credentials, says Organic Monitor. The leading organic research company finds that organic food pioneers are leading the way, with a growing number marketing their products on sustainability values.

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Organic on a budget 14.05.10

A quick guide from the Soil Association on how to eat organically without breaking the bank. The Soil Association believes it is possible for most of us to shop and cook organically without compromising on quality. It might require some creativity and life-style changes, but these changes have the potential to leave both you and the planet healthier and happier. So use the following tips to stay healthy, ethical and green whilst saving money.

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UK Organic market drops 12.9% in 2009 14.04.10

Organic sales in the UK had a terrible year in 2009, after a decade of double digit annual increase, last year saw a 12.9% drop in total sales to ₤1.84 billion, from a high in 2008 of ₤2.113 billion. Particularity hard hit was the organic meat and prepared food sectors, while organic milk, baby foods and home cooking ingredients held up and cosmetics and health product demand increased. Early signs from 2010 indicate a slow resurgence with projections of between 2-5% according to the newly released Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2010.

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Marks & Spencers new 80 sustainable commitments welcomed by Fairtrade campaigners 01.03.10

The Fairtrade Foundation commends the launch of Marks & Spencer’s 80 new commitments with which they aim to make themselves the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015, by converting all food, clothing and home items to carry at least one sustainable or ethical label, such as the FAIRTRADE Mark.

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Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil producers denied visa for Fairtrade Fortnight 28.02.10

Fairtrade supporters have reacted angrily to a decision to deny three Palestinian olive farmers access to the UK preventing them from attending this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight. The ban on the goodwill ambassadors, who were to be guests of the UK-based social enterprise Zaytoun, comes exactly one year after the farmers became the first olive oil producers in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status.

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Palestinian Olive Oil Producers in Manchester for Fairtrade Fortnight 19.02.10

Jamil Hijazin from Bethlehem University’s Fairtrade Development Centre and Mahmoud al Qadi from the East Bani Zeid Co-operative (NW Ramallah / al Bireh) will visit Manchester during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

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Green & Blacks announce a move to 100% Fairtrade 08.02.10

As we hear that Cadbury is to be snapped up by Kraft Green & Blacks, a Cadbury company, has announced it will switch its entire range of chocolate bar and beverage products to 100% organic and Fairtrade in 30 countries by the end of 2011. The move will open up many new opportunities for Fairtrade farmers in developing countries says the Fairtrade Foundation

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Fair Miles not Food Miles for a just and sustainable world 12.12.09

Western consumer concern over climate change can do more harm than good if it cuts demand for food produced in developing nations, warns a new book by Oxfam and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

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A healthy diet is a sustainable diet says new report 11.12.09

A new report published today (Friday 11 December) by the Sustainable Development Commission finds that eliminating waste, cutting fatty and sugary foods and reducing meat and dairy consumption would make the biggest contribution towards improving health and reducing the environmental impacts of the food system.

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The Big Swap- launched for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 04.12.09

RETAILERS and companies are being urged to back Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (22 February - 7 March) by making it easy for shoppers to choose Fairtrade goods. Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 has the theme of ‘The Big Swap’ and will encourage shoppers to swap everyday shopping basket items such as tea, coffee, chocolate, cotton Tee-shirts, bananas, cakes, sugar and a host of other products for Fairtrade ones.

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UK Government announces £12 million investment for Fairtrade on 15th Anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark 12.10.09

The Fairtrade Foundation is celebrating 15 years of the Fairtrade Mark with news that the UK Government is to provide £12 million over the next four years in funding to Fairtrade and its international partners in the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) in order to scale up its work supporting farmers in developing countries to access better terms of trade in global markets.

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Organic- It’s all about Food Security, the Environment and much more research 06.08.09

The UK organic movement needs to get back on message, once it has taken time to work out what that message should be, and that message should be determined by the core scientifically proven and provable environmental values of organic agriculture and Food Security not debates about the politics of the Food Standards Agency argues Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices.co.uk.

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Compassion in World Farming call for an end to live piglet imports 24.07.09

Compassion in World Farming welcomes the National Pig Association’s campaign to prevent a trade in imported piglets which threatens to bring diseases such as MRSA from Belgium into the country.

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Importation of European pigs with MRSA must be prevented 24.07.09

The Soil Association is supporting calls from the National Pig Association (NPA) to stop the importation of live piglets from Belgium. It is particularly concerned that they would introduce a new strain of MRSA into the UK which would have economic consequences for pig producers and make it much more difficult to control the problem of MRSA, particularly in the community.

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Fairtrade Foundation welcomes DFID White Paper: Eliminating World Poverty 21.07.09

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the significant investment in fair and ethical trade announced in a White Paper unveiled by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander in the House of Commons on 6 July 2009. In the White Paper, the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of a rebranded UKaid programme, says it is quadrupling funding to promote fair and ethical trade.

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Securing food supplies up to 2050-latest report 21.07.09

The world faces what one of our witnesses described as “an unprecedented double challenge”: it needs to produce more food, but in a way that does not degrade the natural resources on which agricultural depends, and which decreases the food chain’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting this challenge will require a fundamental shift in thinking about food, on the part of Governments and consumers, says the latest report from the Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

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7 point plan to create sustainable food system 13.07.09

The Sustainable Development Commission published, Food Security and Sustainability: The perfect fit , its report and recommendations to Government for a sustainable food system in the UK, just days before the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is expected to publish its findings from the inquiry into securing UK food supplies up to 2050.

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10 top tips for organic food on a budget 13.07.09

As hard discounts shops continue to hammer suppliers, and organic sales flatten out does this spell the end of the organic revolution? Not at all says the Soil Association who have come out with a simple and easy to manage top ten tips for organic living without first having to have run the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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53% of Uk households have bought direct from farmers 08.07.09

The sixth annual National Farmers’ Retail and Markets’ Association (FARMA) local food sector tracking survey shows 53% of the population now buy food from direct sales outlets including farm shops, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and box schemes.

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Organic ‘mainstream agriculture in waiting’ 24.06.09

The Soil Association welcomes a new independent report by the University of Reading, funded by the Soil Association and the HCD Memorial Fund, which compared yields from post-war agricultural techniques with organic farming. The report showed that a comprehensive organic agricultural system can meet many of the UK’s food requirements, but its bad news for those who love a cheap bacon butty.

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H1N1 swine flue pandemic- links to factory farming 08.05.09

Compassion in World Farming, the world’s leading charity for farm animal welfare, today published a report analysing the latest scientific opinion on the significant risks posed to human health as a result of farming pigs in unnatural and inhumane conditions.

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South Africa launchs 4th largest marine park in the world 07.05.09

South Africa’s declaration to establish one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Area’s around its Prince Edward Islands, is a marine conservation achievement of global importance which will help protecting a suite of spectacular wildlife, including albatrosses, penguins and killer whales.

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U.S. organic sales grow by a whopping 17.1 percent in 2008 07.05.09

U.S. sales of organic products, both food and non-food, reached $24.6 billion by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 percent over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), which today made available final results from its 2009 Organic Industry Survey.

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World Fairtrade Day: Beating the blues in 2009 30.04.09

Ahead of World Fair Trade Day on 9 May, this first ever global consumer survey on Fairtrade shows that shoppers increasingly expect companies to be more accountable and fair in dealing with producers in developing countries. The survey by GlobeScan was commissioned by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), of which the Fairtrade Foundation is the UK member, with a sample size of 14,500 in 15 countries including the UK. Among those surveyed, almost three quarters of shoppers believe it is not enough for companies to do no harm, but that they should actively support community development in developing countries

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Call for sustainability on banana’s 376th UK birthday 15.04.09

On the anniversary of the first banana being sighted in the UK on the 10th Apriln 1633, Consumer Focus Wales is urging supermarkets to do more to help shoppers make sustainable shopping choices.

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Coca-Cola takes £30m stake in Innocent 06.04.09

Source: The Grocer. Coca-Cola has taken a minority stakeholding in Innocent Drinks, the smoothie and veg pots brand, for £30m, The Grocer can reveal.

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Organic sales grow only 1.7% in 2008 to £2.1billion 06.04.09

Organic food sales have been hit across all sectors, as consumers tighten their belts in the face of the economic downturn. Although overall UK sales of organic products increased by 1.7% in 2008 to over £2.1 billion, this statistic must be seen in the context of overall food price rises rather than sales volume increases.

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Sustainable Foods Summit -June 25-27 30.03.09

The first-ever conference dedicated to eco-labelling and sustainability has been unveiled by Organic Monitor. The inaugural Sustainable Foods Summit will be held in Amsterdam, June 25-27.

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Buy ‘Cheep’ Gifts with a conscience this Easter 23.03.09

Christian Aid is asking people to choose gifts that ‘cheep’ this Easter to help tackle poverty. A fluffy brood of chicks for £31 and quacking ducks for £24 are amongst the Present Aid gift ideas on www.presentaid.org.uk that could help change lives in developing countries.

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Cadbury and Mars break promises on colours ban by 2009 19.03.09

Food campaigners at The Food Commission have criticised Cadbury for selling products that still contain one or more of the six artificial colours that can increase hyperactivity in susceptible children, despite the manufacturer promising to remove the colours from all sweet brands by the end of 2008.

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The Co-op launches 2 Fairtrade Easter Chocolate Eggs 17.03.09

When I was a kid every Easter our house as visited by the Easter Phoenix. We would wake up to find a trial of small Easter bunnies laying a track through the garden to the gooseberry bush. In the bush would be a nest packed with small silver wrapped chocolate eggs.

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Organic Sales down 1% in rising market 17.03.09

Demand for organic has fallen further than many experts predicted - with some categories in double-digit volume decline despite 7% rise in food sales according to TNS. Source The Grocer.

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No compromise in 0rganic standards despite recession says Soil Association 10.03.09

The recession is proving a tough time for organic livestock farmers, particularly those in transition from input heavy techniques to organic. The hardest hit have been livestock farmers as the price for organic animal feed, the single largest cost for farmers, has risen in price until it is now twice the price of non-organic feed.

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Don’t forget Mother’s Day on 22nd March 06.03.09

Life’s little luxuries are the only way to survive the constant tales of doom and gloom. Turnham Green’s Mothers Pamper Hamper is a celebration of all the little things that never fail to delight.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk commits to going Fairtrade 05.03.09

Cadbury and the Fairtrade Foundation today announced plans to achieve Fairtrade certification for Cadbury Dairy Milk, the nation’s top selling chocolate bar, by end of Summer 2009.

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The Brighton Vegan Fayre 21st March 05.03.09

Brighton’s first ever vegan fayre on March 21st 2009 is set to be a runaway success – with a stunning selection of bands and musicians headlining this all day event at The Brighton Centre this spring

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Monsanto 0 Austria & Hungary 2 03.03.09

The European Commission was defeated in its latest attempt to force two countries to drop bans on controversial genetically modified maize

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150,000 support Handle with Care Petition 26.02.09

A coalition of animal welfare groups headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals handed over 150,000 signatures supporting the ’Stop Long Distance Transport of Animals for Slaughter’ petition to the European Union Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

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1st Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil hits Co-op shelves 24.02.09

The Co-operative Group is to become the first supermarket to stock Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil – the first Palestinian product to receive Fairtrade certification.

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Fairtrade sales top £700 million in UK 23.02.09

Efforts to tackle the global food crisis will fail without urgent action to support small farmers in developing countries, says the Fairtrade Foundation in a new report launched on the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight, The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small farmers, big solutions?

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2009: end of the organic dream? 12.02.09

The slow down in consumer demand for organic food and produce after 13 years of astronomical growth has been hitting the headlines. Is this the end of the expansion of the UK’s ethical food sector?

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Co-op knock up to 20% off Fairtrade lines to support Fairtrade Fortnight 09.02.09

The Co-operative Group is supporting this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of initiatives, as well as savings of up to 20 per cent on selected Fairtrade products.

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Chicken Out! campaign launches design a Tesco chicken label competition 06.02.09

The Chicken Out! campaign is asking for your creative skills in designing a new label for standard intensively reared chicken.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 starts 23rd February 05.02.09

Members of the public can join team Fairtrade for some free sporty fun and games at the public launch of Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. The two-week annual campaign (23 Feb – 8 March) highlighting global inequalities in trade and promoting Fairtrade products, kicks off with an action-packed event on London’s South Bank on Sunday 23rd February 2009 (11am-4pm).

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Feeding the 9 Billion- Global Food Security for the 21st Century 01.02.09

The recent drop in the price of food is not going to last according to the latest report from the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Written by leading food expert Alex Evans the report argues that the effect of the recent drop in energy prices will soon be overwhelmed by climate change, resource scarcity and water availability. Only a second Green Revolution based on sustainability, resilience and equitability will meet the needs of a world of 9.2 billion people.

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Tropical Wholefoods launchs Fairtrade Apricot hearts with a new look 01.02.09

Award-winning fair trade dried fruit company Tropical Wholefoods is introducing a new product range and unveiling a new design for its packaging.

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Organic Monitor’s 2009 Predictions 31.01.09

With the slowdown in the global economy, there is some uncertainty about the year ahead for ethical & sustainable industries. At the end of the first month of 2009, Organic Monitor gives its predictions on its specialist industries for the year ahead.

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Fairtrade wine marker gets £131,000 premium from Co-op 05.12.08

The Co-operative has officially presented its third Fairtrade donation cheque to the Du Toitskloof wine co-operative in South Africa. The ethical retailer handed over a staggering £131,000, which has been generated through sales of its Fairtrade South African wine range.

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The Prince of Wales backs the school food revolution 04.12.08

Jamie Oliver brought the dire state of school dinners to the public’s attention and schools are now flocking to join the Soil Association-led Food for Life Partnership to do something about it. On Monday 1 December, The Prince of Wales, who has long spoken about the importance of educating young people about where their food comes from, showed his support for the movement by presenting awards to the six schools in England with the best school food culture at the first ever Food for Life Partnership Awards Ceremony in London.

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Ignorance is not bliss when eating out 04.12.08

A new report by The Food Commission highlights the need for clearer nutritional labelling at fast food chains. The report, Ignorance is not bliss when eating out, says that nutritional information, particularly the calorie content of meals, should be clearly posted on the menu boards in UK restaurant chains, in a bid to reduce the incidence of diet-related disease and the associated reduction in life expectancy.

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Ethical Consumerism Report 2007 28.11.08

Household expenditure on ethical goods and services has almost doubled in the past five years according to the eighth Co-operative Bank Ethical Consumerism Report published 30th November 2007.

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The inconvenient truth about food 18.11.08

Food and farming will be in crisis unless governments take global action to create secure ‘food plans’, according to new research to be launched at the Soil Association’s ‘Transition: Food and Farming in 21st Century Britain’ conference in Bristol on 18 November 2008.

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The UK’S 1st Fairtrade fruit puree & juice service announced by AgroFair 31.07.08

Fairtrade fruit specialist AgroFair UK has launched a dedicated service for the sale and marketing of fruit juices and purées from Fairtrade fruit growers. This will support and encourage the growing market for Fairtrade ingredients for products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark.

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Scientists, consumers and farmers all call for a ban on cloning 07.03.08

A monster coalition of farmers, scientists, consumers, environmentalists and animal welfare campaigners has written an open letter to the European Commission to call for an immediate ban on the cloning of animals for food production, and on the import and sale of imported food products from cloned animals and their offspring.

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18 Fairtrade ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight 28.02.08

With Fairtrade Fortnight reaching the end of its first week, the Fairtrade Foundation has come up with a18 tips and nuggets of Fairtrade information to spread the word about the UK’s fastest growing grocery sector.

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Adam Smith Institute’s ‘UnFairTrade’ 493 million say Nay 27.02.08

The Adam Smith Institute, the people that tried to sell us the poll tax, rail privatisation, and deregulated buses, have chosen Fairtrade Fortnight to publish Marc Sidwell’s ‘UnFair Trade’, a neo-liberal diatribe against the principals of Fairtrade. With Fairtrade sales of £493 million in 2007 nobody is buying their hokum.

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Fairtrade sales grow 81% in 2007 to £493 million 27.02.08

Sales of Fairtrade products in 2007, announced to coincide with the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 9 March 2008) set a new pace for international trade. As the two-week annual campaign entitled Change Today. Choose Fairtrade gets underway across the UK , the Fairtrade Foundation reveals an increase of estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products to £493m, a huge 81% increase on 2006 sales of £273m.

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MEPs call for ban on cloning animals 22.02.08

European parliamentarians are calling for the European Union to ban cloning of animals for food and any products derived from their offspring.

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Special offer on 4 great Equality Fairtrade Chilean wines 21.02.08

Chilean Fairtrade wine range Equality is part of in store promotions across the UK timed to co-incide with Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th Feb- 9th March. You can taste the wine at the Fairtrade Fair on London’s South Bank on Sunday 24th or profit from the special promotion at Asda, Booths, Morrisons or Threshers.

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Supermarket practices are unhealthy, unjust and unsustainable says SDC 21.02.08

A Sustainable Development Commission review of policies affecting supermarkets has concluded that government cannot successfully combat obesity, waste, climate change and fair trade issues without a concerted approach to harness the power of supermarkets.

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Two inspiring reads for Fairtrade Fortnight 24th Feb-9th March 21.02.08

Two new books will hit the shelves in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, aimed at foodies and philosophers alike. The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook is a compilation of the nation’s best-loved Fairtrade recipes from chefs, celebrities. Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade battles by Harriet Lamb explores how Fairtrade has grown to become a global movement that is revolutionising the way we shop.

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Fairtrade Fairground attractions- 24th February 21.02.08

The Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb-9th March) kicks off with a great Fairtrade Fair on London’s South Bank on Sunday 24th, 11am-4pm. The two weeks of fun and activity throughout the country celebrates the over 3,000 Fairtrade products now available in the UK. Be sure to check out your local Fairtrade Fortnight activities and join in.

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Business as usual for the big 4 retailers after Competition Commission enquiry 20.02.08

The Competition Commission provisional findings on the £120 billion grocery sector would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. With 75% of the UK’s grocery sales controlled by the big 4 retailers the Commission has decided that what the country needs is more supermarkets, not less, at the cost of what remains of local economies.

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Genetically Modified Crops Report 2008 finds pesticide use increasing 13.02.08

Genetically Modified (GM) crops have led to a massive increase in pesticide use and have failed to increase yields or tackle world hunger and poverty, a new report by Friends of the Earth reveals today The report coincides with the annual release of biotech industry figures on GM crop cultivation around the world.

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Calls to stop the use of animals in shellfish testing 08.02.08

Eurogroup for Animals is calling for an immediate ban on animals being used to test shellfish for human consumption, after a scientific panel ruled it was a poor way of spotting potentially lethal toxins.

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100, 000 Co-op Shoppers Register Support for Food Ethical Policy 06.02.08

After the largest survey ever done of shoppers ethical concerns the Co-op acts to strengthen its commitment to Fairtrade, animal welfare and the environment. The survey shows that Fairtrade is judged the most important ethical criteria.

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WWF call on retail industry to boycott BlueFin Tuna 04.02.08

As more and more major European retailers boycott Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna, WWF used the occasion of the Barcelona Seafood Summit to call on more to join the ban until the imperilled species is out of the danger zone.

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Salmonella levels over 5x higher in battery eggs than organic 01.02.08

The Soil Association can reveal that a recent government survey shows that organic laying hen farms have a significantly lower level of Salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the commonest forms of food poisoning worldwide.

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innocent celebrates its 100% recycled plastic bottles 01.02.08

Those delicious people at innocent are boasting again. This time it is not about the fruity drinks, the furry carpets, or the cow horns on their vans. No this time they are talking in rather loud voices about their recycled plastic bottles.

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71% of Brits have now bought organic food 31.01.08

A new report from MINTEL into the British organic food market, shows that despite impressive sales, growth has been hampered by supply problems, as British producers struggle to satisfy our growing appetite for home grown organics.

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Co-op saves £120,000 with Green tills 30.01.08

Turn off your computer at night is a common tip to save energy, but supermarket tills are left on all night. Which is a huge cost when you have 45,000 of them like the Co-op has. Now in a partnership with IBM at last they can be turned off.

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Co-op Fairtrade Smoothies hit the shelves on 28th January 16.01.08

The Co-op which has lead the UK retail movement into Fairtrade has done another first with its latest range of Fairtrade sourced smoothies. The two delicious brands, Pink Guava and Mango and Orange will be in the fridges on the 28th January at a highly competitive £1.95 a litre.

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Don’t skimp on the price of shrimp 15.01.08

Making the right food choice – the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) discusses why it is important to ask questions about your prawns. With all the recent news about eating food that is sustainable and ethical, many of us are feeling the need to do more. But with all the myriad of choices out there, where does one start?

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Organic beef- farmers loose 40p a kilo 10.01.08

A new report from the Soil Association shows British organic beef producers are getting short-changed by their processors and some key supermarkets who are not paying enough to cover the costs of production, and choosing to import organic beef even though there could easily be enough supply in the UK.

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Soil Association calls for 100% organic chickens 09.01.08

The Soil Association applauds the campaigning efforts of celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver to improve the welfare standards of chicken production. A general shift towards more ‘free range’ production would certainly be a positive step forward.

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4 key actions can extend life by 14 years 08.01.08

We have all known it to be true, if you don’t smoke, take regular exercise, drink in moderation and eat five fruit or veg a day then you will be healthier. Scientists from Cambridge have now shown how much healthier- 14 years of extra life.

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RSPCA launches a campaign to end £2 chickens 02.01.08

The RSPCA launches a new campaign as celebrity chefs move chicken into the spotlight. Shoppers are being urged to upgrade to higher welfare chicken and sign a new online petition calling for retailers to ditch ’standard’ chickens as part of a new RSPCA campaign.

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Resolve to choose ethical water in 2008 19.12.07

The Co-operative is calling on its customers to make a resolution with a difference this New Year - by pledging to choose ethical mineral water over standard mineral water wherever possible.

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Top 28 Ethical companies to chose from for Christmas Gifts 13.12.07

The Ethical Company Organisation publishers of The Good Shopping Guide and the site www.gooshing.co.uk have published their top accredited ethical gifts companies, organic food and clothes, to green energy and pet foods. You couldn’t want for a better place to start your seasonal shopping.

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The Soil Associations 12 Steps to a Sustainable Food 2012 Olympics 12.12.07

Feeding the Olympics from the Soil Association, Sustain and nef calls on London to deliver the promise to be the greenest and healthiest Games in terms of the food they provide, and sets out how this can be done .

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A green achievement the cash strapped 2012 Olympics CAN afford 12.12.07

In aiming to stage the greenest games ever, London’s bid promised to provide “local, seasonal and organic” food. As costs of the Olympics spiral out of control Olympic bosses will be relieved to hear that food for a genuinely ‘green games’ need not cost more.

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Susan McCraith’s top 10 wine tips for an ethical Christmas 04.12.07

Susan McCraith funder of ethical wines gives her top ten tips for a safe, delicious, and environmentally friendly Christmas. Ethical wines provide a great range of superb quality organic, fairtrade wines online.

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Marks & Spencer named Compassionate Supermarket 2007 03.12.07

Marks & Spencer was named Compassionate Supermarket 2007 at an award ceremony in London by leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming on Saturday (1st Dec)

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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Local stores can be greenest grocers 20.11.07

Independent local shops and street markets have the potential to be the UK’s greenest grocers, despite intensive PR from supermarkets highlighting their environmental credentials, delegates at a Friends of the Earth sustainable food seminar will be told today (20th November)

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‘Fairtrade begins at home’ says Church of England 06.11.07

The pursuit of cheap food coupled with the buying power of the big supermarkets is putting farming livelihoods at risk, the Church of England has told the Competition Commission.

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Co-op Fairtrade wines win 4 out 8 top awards 02.11.07

The Co-op’s Fairtrade wine range has scooped an amazing four out of eight awards at the Fairtrade Wine Committee’s annual wine tasting event. The results of the awards were announced on Thursday, 1st November at a Fairtrade Wine Tasting at Vinopolis in London, which was held in conjunction with the awards.

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Eating meat can cause cancer says World Cancer Research Fund 02.11.07

World Cancer Research Fund urges a reduction in the level of meat in Westerners diets. The Soil Association while it agrees argues that if you eat meat then eat organic meat as it is actually good for you.

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Co-op introduces UK’s 1st organic fairtrade ale 26.10.07

The Co-op has introduced the UK’s first bottled beer that is both Fairtrade and organic. Brewed by one of the UK’s leading microbreweries, Freeminer, the new Co-op Organic Fairtrade Premium Ale uses organic, floor malted, handmade malt and traditional organic hops from Germany.

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Organic produce can be air freighted if fairly traded says Soil Association 26.10.07

The Soil Association decision to allow air freight on the condition of fairer trade is welcome but only if the association radically improves it own Ethical Trade Standards and it works with producers to move to surface transport argues Peter Shield.

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The Ethical Fine Wines Club -50 wines from £5 to £50 18.10.07

Environmental issues are even starting to affect the wines we drink. Master of Wine Susan McCraith, decided it was time to launch an ethical fine wine club to share the best in organic, biodynamic, and socially responsible wines.

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Green Grocers -supermarkets and sustainability report from NCC 15.10.07

Choosing the green option has long been thought of as the preserve of the affluent – but a profound shift is now underway, according to new research from the National Consumer Council (NCC), which puts the top supermarkets to the test on the environment.

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8 green steps to an Organic Christmas 09.10.07

The Soil Association’s eight steps to an organic Christmas is a wonderful starting place to plan your perfect seasonal celebration- healthy, environmentally friendly and delicious. Who could ask for more?

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The Co-operative launches largest ethical shopping survey ever 04.09.07

The recently merged Co-operative Group and United Co-operatives is to question its 4 million members on the future of its ethical food policy. This is the largest poll of ethics ever undertaken in the UK and will guide the business’s future responsible retailing strategy.

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Organic sales reached £1,937 million in 2006 04.09.07

The latest Organic Market Report from the Soil Association shows that the organic sector grew by £7 million a week in 2006. Published to coincide with the ’Wake Up to an Organic Breakfast’ fortnight the report gives a comprehensive picture of the UK organic market.

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Organic Milk demand grows 20% in 2007 04.09.07

The latest research conducted by AC Nielsen for Yeo Valley Organics show that the organic milk sector is now worth £ 145 million by mid-July 2007 as opposed to £121 million in the previous 12 months to July 2006.

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Starbucks 0 Ethiopian Coffee growers 1 31.08.07

Fairtrade and organic food pioneers Equal Exchange will be the first company to become licensed distributors for speciality Ethiopian coffee in the UK under a new trading agreement that will benefit some of the world’s poorest farmers.

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Rachel’s Organic say 58% opt for an organic breakfast 30.08.07

As part of a UK-wide organic breakfast campaign, ‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast’ run by the Soil Association, Rachel’s Organic, the UK’s first organic dairy, have just published a survey on British breakfast habits

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Co-operative saves 8 tonnes of plastic waste with ‘naked’ cucumbers 29.08.07

The Co-operative Food is to become the first retailer in the UK to launch “naked” cucumbers. Innovative box packaging will save unnecessary packaging while preserving shelf life and freshness.

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‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast!’ 1-16 September 2007 17.08.07

The Soil Association is asking everyone to ‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast!’ to celebrate Soil Association Organic Fortnight, Europe’s biggest celebration of organic food. Nutritionists have long known that a good breakfast is at the heart of a healthy diet, and what could be healthier than an organic breakfast?

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Ethics Girls- news, product review and online shop 08.08.07

Ethics Girls is a new website designed for eco and ethically motivated women. Packed full of the latest news and with a shop full of the best in ethical and green products. Founder Sam Rogers talks to naturalchoices about why now is the right time to launch.

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Is Whole Foods Market’s John Mackey up to his old tricks? 03.08.07

Early this morning (2nd August), 6am French time, naturalchoices.co.uk and newconsumer.com both had comments posted on them by a poster identified as rohadeb, the same alias used by John Mackey on Yahoo Finance to denigrate his competitors and boost his own company.

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Food Miles: Miles more progress to be made 03.08.07

Flying round the Caribbean and South Africa, Brazil and Israel, may sound like the holiday of a lifetime, but in fact it is just the route your morning fruit salad is likely to have taken to reach the breakfast table.

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NFU: No need to apologise for end of cheap food era 20.07.07

The drive for cheap food has been at the root of many farming and rural problems over the last decade and the lifting of commodity prices to more sustainable levels will be good news for the rural economy and the countryside, according to NFU President Peter Kendall.

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Low income and nutrition, not so closely linked 20.07.07

The gap between the diets of people on low incomes and those of the rest of the population is not as wide as some feared, according to research just published by the Food Standards Agency.

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Co-op to introduce world’s first Fairtrade grapefruit 20.07.07

The Co-op, the UK’s leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade, is to become the first retailer to stock a Fairtrade grapefruit. South Africa’s citrus farmers have turned around what was a failing sector to the benefit of workers across the Limpopo region.

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Friends of the Earth calls for weekly food waste collections 18.07.07

Local authorities should introduce weekly food waste collections as part of a strategy to cut waste, increase recycling and tackle climate change, says Friends of the Earth said. Household waste only accounts for 9% isn’t it time to concentrate on business waste?

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Soil Association -organics and air freight 17.07.07

The Soil Association, which early this year called for a public consultation on whether air freighted produce should continued to be certified with the SA logo, is holding today(17th July) a summit bringing tighter many different views to move the debate forward.

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Not so Wholesome activity at Whole Foods Market 16.07.07

John Mackey, Whole Foods Market’s CEO has always been a colourful figure, combining organic vegan showmanship with being a hugely successful union bashing capitalist. Now it emerges he has been contributing under a pseudonym to Yahoo Finance forums boosting his own company and slagging the competition.

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World Agriculture: The Future is Organic 11.07.07

Should the UN recognise the advantages of organic agriculture? Organic? You must be joking my poor fellow… organic food, it’s only good enough for fools! How can you consider feeding the world with a low-productivity crops?

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The rise and roots of ethical consumption in the United Kingdom 09.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices looks at the roots of ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom. From the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, to the growth of consumer power in the 1970s.

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Eco-Centres and Courses – by Terena Plowright 06.07.07

Throughout the UK the galaxy of courses and hands on training around living a more sustainable life is breath taking. Published by Green Books, this is a comprehensive guide of fun and interesting days out for both adults and children.

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Who are today’s ethical consumers? 03.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of Natural Choices, looks at the latest research on ethical consumption, and how ethical consumers profiles have changed in the last six years. Which sectors will continue to grow and what are the blocking points?

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Building an ethical vegetable supply chain- Traidcraft Guide 19.06.07

Sourcing vegetables from developing countries is now an essential part of a food retailers business, yet what are the key issues that a buyer must take into consideration. A report from Fairtrade promoter Traidcraft outlines the key issues.

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Organic oysters hit the mark 19.06.07

The Soil Association has announced it is to start certifying organic farmed seafood with its organic label. The familiar label will now start appearing on oysters, scallops, mussels and clams.

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Thenag.net changing the world one click at a time 19.06.07

You know what to do, that list of 101 things is pinned to the fridge and all it makes you do is feel guilty. How do you turn that first step into a skip? Briony Greenhill The Nag’s Project Director tells to naturalchoices how it works.

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Co-op wine pays Fairtrade Dividend 14.06.07

The Co-op, the largest Fairtrade retailer in the UK, handed over its second Social Premium payment of £90,404 to the Du Toitskloof wine co-operative in South Africa.

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Are organic standards under attack from GMOs? 13.06.07

EU Agricultural Ministers have decided to allow organic food accidentally contaminated with genetically modified organisms to be classified as organic as long as the GMO presence is less than 0.9%. Furthermore, consumers would not be notified of any GM presence below this 0.9 per cent threshold.

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Whole Foods Market Puts UK into Organic Overdrive 12.06.07

The organic and fair-trade markets are going to increase by 50% and 100% respectively by 2011, and Whole Foods will help this happen says Gavin Rothwell, a Senior Business Analyst at IGD.

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Low Carb(on) Diets 12.06.07

Richard Barnett, guest columnist and editor of Ethical Junction’s newsletter Ethical Pulse writes on the carbon impact of our diets and why the Environment Agency is going vegan.

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Plastic Ain’t My Bag- campaign builds for Christmas 2007 12.06.07

We Are What We Do, the people who brought us “I’m not a Plastic Bag”, and "Change the World for a Fiver", launches its first high profile national campaign to unite shoppers and shops for a plastic bag free Christmas.

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Whole Foods Market- it’s here and it’s huge 07.06.07

During the war American GI’s arrived in London bearing chewing gum and, rather strangely, nylon stockings, unseen luxuries for Britain’s besieged population. Now they are back again but this time armed with 17 different types of organic coffee beans.

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The New Green Consumer Guide- Julia Hailes 05.06.07

How green should you be, how green can you be in modern Britain? In The New Green Consumer Guide published by Simon & Schuster Julia Hailes takes a practical lively look at how to reduce the environmental impact of your life, up to and including your death.

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Carbon footprint labelling finally gets of the ground 31.05.07

Ian Pearson, Minister for the Environment, announced that DEFRA, is to develop a carbon foot print labelling scheme to show consumers the production, transport and disposal impact of products.

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Peter Melchett Interview 30.05.07

Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association talks to Natural Choices editor Peter Shield about the Soil Association’s Air Freight Green Paper.

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Sainsbury’s goes coconuts about Fairtrade 30.05.07

Sainsbury’s, the UK leading Fairtrade supermarket announced that it is to source all its coconuts from Fairtrade producers in St Lucia. This follows on the recent announcement that from July 2007 all Sainsbury’s bananas will from Fairtrade sources

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Soil Association- Organic and air freight, are they compatible? 29.05.07

Should organically grown Kenyan Green beans be given a Soil Association organic label if they have been air freighted into the UK? Air freight represents 1% of British food miles and 11% of it’s transport related CO2 emissions. .

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Asda to stock Pure Organic ready made meals for kids 23.05.07

Asda is the first supermarket to stock ready made organic meals for kids. The 24-strong range of organic meals was created by the parents of Georgia Stiles, a young girl who needed an organic diet to combat her autism.

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Growing awareness of the benefits of organic food 18.05.07

A survey by YouGov for the Sunday Times shows that 45% of people now thing that organic food is better for your health than conventional food. Only 1% claim it was worse and 47% said that it makes no difference.

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LEAF sustainable farming marque takes off at Waitrose 27.04.07

Waitrose promises that by 2010 all its fresh, prepared and frozen fruit, vegetables and flowers will either be organic, certified by the Soil Association, or have qualified for the LEAF marque.

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Bags of Change- Over the shoulder ethical loyalty scheme 26.04.07

A cool organic hemp-cotton tote bag that gives you 5% discount on Fairtrade and organic products in your local independent shops- not accepted at any large multiple superstore.

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Fairtrade fastest growing sector in the UK market 26.02.07

UK sales of Fairtrade products have almost doubled within the last 12 months and now stand at least £300 million per year, according to the Fairtrade Foundation, which is now seeking £50 million from governments in the UK and abroad to finance its growth.

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Marks and Spencers kicks off 2007 with a £200 million eco-plan 24.01.07

“Plan A” is a 100 point, 5 year programme to make the high street retailer carbon neutral, and set new standards in ethical retail, as well as end all waste to landfill sites, increase sustainable sourcing and help staff and customers to lead a healthier life.

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