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Greenpeace publishes EU Pesticide Blacklist

Greenpeace has just published an EU Pesticide Blacklist, which includes over 500 active substances of pesticides and herbicides which are currently approved by the EU. It includes the herbicide glyphosate. Of these 520 substances, 209 are considered are potential risk to human health and the environment.

“The most dangerous pesticides for humans and the environment should disappear from the fields and from food,” says Christiane Huxdorff, coordinator of the campaign for ecological agriculture with Greenpeace Germany. “The blacklist must first of all serve as a guide to reduce, and finally replace, chemical and synthetic pesticides with ecologic and non-toxic alternatives.”

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New study finds neonicotinoid insecticides linked to wild bee decline across England

Exposure to oilseed rape crops which have been treated with neonicotinoids has been linked to the long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published yesterday by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

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Kent Housing Group award

Garden Organic project scoops award

Garden Organic's work with Golding Homes in Maidstone has received two prestigious awards in the Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards 2016. We were Winner in the Excellent Partnership with Business category and a shortlisted Finalist in the Excellent Community Project by a Resident or Residents category.

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Persian clover

2016 Members' Experiments update

With our 2016 members' experiments well under way we thought we'd update you on how we're getting on with the three experiments here at Ryton Organic Gardens.

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Heritage Seed Library seed swap

Calling all seed swappers...

As we're starting to put together the 2017 Heritage Seed Library Catalogue, we're on the look out for members wanting to share their excess seed with other members. The Seed Swap section of the catalogue includes a listing of individuals with excess seed, or those on the look out for particular varieties to swap.

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Consumers urged to 'Go Compostable' with their paper cups

Garden Organic's Master Composters are urging consumers to 'Go Compostable' if they are buying disposable cups for their picnics and BBQs this summer.

Did you know that according to a recent BBC report, here in the UK we throw away 2.5bn disposable cups a year, and although many of us put them into the recycling bin, the way they are made means many are never recycled at all.

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Celebrating organic allotments this National Allotments Week

This National Allotments Week (8-14 August 2016) Garden Organic is celebrating the inspirational organic allotments cared for by our members, supporters, volunteers and staff across the country.

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Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, with school pupils

Schools short film competition winners reap rewards

To celebrate the Food Growing Schools: London’s Growathon – a campaign that aims to get 50,000 pupils involved in food growing by the end of the summer term – international charity Trees for Cities ran a short film competition for schools to showcase their food growing activities.

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Letter to David Davis MP, expressing hopes for Brexit planning

Garden Organic is one of 84 organisations who have signed a letter to David Davis, MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Theresa May, MP, Prime Minister, to stress the important implications of Brexit on food and farming. The UK government now has an opportunity to reshape the food and farming policies and subsidies. It is our hope that taxpayers' money is spent on common-sense food, farming and fishing policies that are good for jobs, health and the environment.

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London Major at School Marketplace

Mayor of London savours homegrown treats from London schools at City Hall

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, opened the doors of City Hall to welcome six London schools to hold their very own Schools Marketplace on Thursday 14 July 2016. The event showcased delicious food grown in London’s schools – from salads, chards, rocket, beetroot, potatoes and herbs, to home made products such as plum jams and mango chutneys, tasty elderflower cordials, mint dips and more.

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