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Nonorganic Foods Have Pesticide Residue—but Is It Bad for You?

Nonorganic Foods Have Pesticide Residue—but Is It Bad for You? | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Researchers are finally trying to figure out if long-term, low-level exposure to agriculture chemicals presents a health risk.
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Hospital food divide: doctors and nurses eat better than sick patients

Hospital food divide: doctors and nurses eat better than sick patients | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Doctors and nurses enjoy better food in hospitals than the sick, a new report has found, with one in five patients forced to eat reheated airline-style food from plastic containers.
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Game-changing Ideas for Supporting Agriculture Post-Brexit

Game-changing Ideas for Supporting Agriculture Post-Brexit | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The Soil Association have set out six vital ideas to support farming post-Brexit. These include agroforestry, soil, animal welfare and organic.
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National Trust returns to roots to reverse decline of threatened wildlife

National Trust returns to roots to reverse decline of threatened wildlife | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The National Trust is to go back to its roots after admitting it had lost sight of one of its core founding principles - to protect wildlife - in its quest to maintain country houses and estates
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Could this be the UK's healthiest school?

Could this be the UK's healthiest school? | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
A primary academy heralded by the government as a model school for tackling childhood obesity has become the first UK school to receive a Soil Association award
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Decline of bees threatens the evolution of plants, study suggests

Decline of bees threatens the evolution of plants, study suggests | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The feared demise of bumblebees could bring the evolution of the plants they pollinate grinding to a halt – leaving them vulnerable to new diseases and other threats – a new study suggests. Researchers in Switzerland tested what happened when field mustard plants were pollinated solely by bumblebees or hoverflies over nine generations. The results were dramatic: the bee-pollinated plants grew taller and produced twice as much scent.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, March 16, 2017 9:38 AM

Another way of looking at the fix we're in.

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Applications open for next round of Countryside Stewardship 

Applications open for next round of Countryside Stewardship  | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The next round of Countryside Stewardship is open for applications, Natural England has announced. The 2017 application window for the Mid Tier and Higher
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Organic farming growing worldwide

Organic farming growing worldwide | OrganicNews | Scoop.it

THERE are now 50.9 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide, serving a global organic market worth in excess of $80 billion.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, March 16, 2017 9:41 AM

Before we get too excited, remember that what is meant by "organic" is very different in each country...And when organic production is industrialized, the negative impact on the land is just as bad.  So, buy from your local farmer and don't think for a moment that going to Whole Foods is any better than going to any other supermarket--just more expensive.

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How to surf the organic food boom on the cheap

How to surf the organic food boom on the cheap | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Sales for pesticide-free produce are flourishing, with Aldi and Lidl getting in on the trend. Here’s how to stock up on inexpensive chocolate and budget peanut butter
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Time to consider organic conversion?

Time to consider organic conversion? | OrganicNews | Scoop.it

SCOTTISH organic food has outperformed the rest of the UK in the last 12 months with an 11.7 increase in retail sales.
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Family approach a proven success for organic dairy unit

Family approach a proven success for organic dairy unit | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The refined focus shared by the Vallis family is testament to the strength of family farms across the country. Beth Dixon finds out why they will never operate as a closed book.
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Organic milk cooperative increases member pool by 30 per cent

Organic milk cooperative increases member pool by 30 per cent | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo) has signed new members to meet demand from its premium export business, increasing
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Will Brexit uproot organic?

Will Brexit uproot organic? | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Will the Brexit squeeze on spending stunt the growth of organic food? Or does the sector now have enough appeal?
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Sales of organic food increase for fifth year

Sales of organic food increase for fifth year | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Consumers spent an extra £138m on organic during the past year, according to the Soil Association
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We need more organic farming!

We need more organic farming! | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
A new study sets out the huge benefits of organic farming to people and the environment, writes Peter Melchett, including more wildlife, healthier consumers and farm workers, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced soil erosion and increased water retention. We need more of it, fast!
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Should schools serve local food?

Should schools serve local food? | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Seasonal menus, bake-offs and an army of ‘Jamie Olivers’ are helping more UK schools offer locally sourced lunches. But what’s the secret to making the switch?
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The eco guide to mainstream organics

The eco guide to mainstream organics | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
We need to learn from the Danish supermarkets, where organic produce is front and centre, not niche, writes Lucy Siegle
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 20, 2017 11:10 AM
Mainstream organics?
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The business case for soil

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Action on soil sustainability must move beyond the farm and into the boardroom, urges Jess Davies.
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Bumblebees make flowers grow bigger and smell sweeter

Bumblebees make flowers grow bigger and smell sweeter | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Gardeners have long known the importance of bees for pollination, but the insects can also help flowers grow bigger and smell more fragrant, scientists have discovered.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, March 16, 2017 9:39 AM

No wonder our garden is so amazing!

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Strawberries and pears contain high levels of pesticides, study warns

Strawberries and pears contain high levels of pesticides, study warns | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Researchers found 70 percent of strawberries have traces of pesticides - more than any other fruit, pushing them to the top of the Environmental Working Group's ' Dirty Dozen' list.
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The veg box scheme with community at its heart

The veg box scheme with community at its heart | OrganicNews | Scoop.it

Adam Payne and Dee Butterly, who run the project, said: “We are excited to launch this CSA and look forward to developing the model in Dorset. By committing to support us for the growing season, members help make farming a more financially secure and enjoyable occupation, allowing young growers like ourselves to make a start and earn a living.

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Abel & Cole tackles waste with over-ripe tomato passata

Abel & Cole tackles waste with over-ripe tomato passata | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The product is made from Sicilian cherry tomatoes past their best for salad
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Scottish organic food and drink sales up 11.7% 

Scottish organic food and drink sales up 11.7%  | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Scottish organic food and drink sales rose by 11.7% last year, outperforming sales across the rest of the UK. The figures, which are contained in the Soil Association’s 2017 Organic Market Report, mark the second year of growth in the Scottish market which was worth an estimated £57.8million in the year to September 2016. The …
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 28, 2017 10:38 AM
Organic sales up in Scotland?
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Tesco: organic food sales strongest for over a decade

Tesco: organic food sales strongest for over a decade | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
Organic foods are experiencing the strongest growth in demand for over a decade, according to Tesco.
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UK organic textiles market growing

UK organic textiles market growing | OrganicNews | Scoop.it

The UK's interest in organic textiles is growing, new figures show, as consumer interest in ethically and sustainably sourced materials increases. 

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UK Organic Market tops £2 billion 

UK Organic Market tops £2 billion  | OrganicNews | Scoop.it
The Soil Association's Organic Market Report 2017 reveals that the UK organic market is still enjoying strong growth and worth £2.09 billion. Read more
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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 28, 2017 10:41 AM
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