Category: Organic News and politics

The state of the organic markets and related politics

Organic Certification Proving a negative

Organic Certification is a weird idea. In effect we organic producers, transformers and resellers have to pay an authorised Organic Certification Organisation to prove that we do not do things, we do not use organically modified organisms, we do not use synthetic chemicals, we do not feed our animals rubbish, we do not keep animals […]

Is it time to abolish Organic Certification Organisations?

organic certication

Organic Certification Organisations are strange things; not unpleasant, far from it, but strange nevertheless. Organic Certification Organisations are civil not state structures, it varies from country to country, some are charities, others companies, some associations. They all have one thing in common, their primary income is their clients, that is us organic producers, transformers and […]

‘New Scientist’ Misinterprets Organic

In a recent article for New Scientist, Michael Le Page is wrong to tell people not to eat organic if they care about the planet. He misreads the evidence, which shows organic farming is generally the better choice, writes the Soil Association’s Tom MacMillan But he is also coming at this back to front. Models show […]

Soil degradation as big a threat to humanity as climate change

A new report published today by the Sustainable Food Trust to mark World Soil Day, explains why soil degradation is increasing and calls for it to be recognised alongside climate change, as one of the most pressing problems facing humanity. Soil degradation costs up to £7 trillion a year and poses a grave long-term threat […]

Les Néo Paysants

  Les Néo Paysants, Gaspard d’Allens and Lucile Leclair Edition Seuil with Reporterre https://reporterre.net/ French agriculture is in plain crisis. The idyllic countryside so beloved by tourists and the French imagination is in most cases just that, an imaginary fantasy, a rosy glassed memory of a time past that in reality never existed. France remains […]

Who owns the US organic market?

US organic mrket

Where the US corporations lead the rest of the world follows, the organic market is no different. The US organic market is the world’s leading organic market, in 2013 Statista estimated it at 24, 347 million Euros, as opposed to Europe’s largest organic market Germany 7,550 million Euros (See http://www.statista.com/statistics/244375/revenue-of-organic-food-in-europe-and-the-united-states/) : Organically certified food is […]

Baldwin’s European Herb map

A bit of fun from Baldwins, London’s oldest herbalist- click on the map for an enlarged version   <div style=”clear:both”><a href=”http://www.baldwins.co.uk” ><img src=”http://www.baldwins.co.uk/media/europe-herb-map-final.jpg” title=”Baldwins European Herb Map” alt=”Baldwins European Herb Map” border=”0″ /></a></div><div>Courtesy of: <a href=”http://www.baldwins.co.uk” >www.Baldwins.co.uk</a></div>     Baldwins website and blog

SOLIDARITE à activer !

Solidarité Paysanne de l’Aude nous a contactés pour récolter les ruches d’un jeune apiculteur, Damien Bernard,  qui a connu d’importantes contraintes d’installation et se retrouve aujourd’hui à l’hôpital pour un long moment. Nous nous retrouvons avec 400 kg de miel de très bonne qualité provenant de ruches installées sur des territoires sauvages en Ariège et […]

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