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Metaldehyde slug pellets - ban overturned

In an extraordinary move, the government has withdrawn the ban on metaldehyde slug pellets.

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GMO worries

Leaving the EU means we could lose the right to choose on GM crops.

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UK Flower Farmers' Big Weekend

For the sheer joy and beauty, nothing beats a bunch of flowers.  But it's important to think about flowers as we do food - buying seasonal and locally-grown blooms.

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Good neighbours! We celebrate National Allotment Week (12 - 18 August)

The close proximity of allotment sites can be challenging.  But it is also a great opportunity for organic growers to share their expertise.

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RSA final report on Food, Farming and the Countryside

The Royal Society for the Arts has presented it's final report on Food, Farming and the Countryside.  It argues that "The actions we take in the next ten years, to stop ecosystems collapse, to recover and regenerate nature and to restore people’s health and wellbeing are now critical."

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We are all farmers now

An exciting new paper from Sussex University asks the government to consider radical changes in approaches to food growing.

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Share your views

At the end of 2018, the Garden Organic Board of Trustees set an ambitious Five Year Strategic Plan for the charity. As part of this strategy, we will be exploring a number of potential opportunities to widen access to our organic horticultural knowledge.

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Slug pellets - a win for organic!

As from this month, the poisonous slug pellets containing metaldehyde have been withdrawn from sale. From now on, in the UK, you can only buy pellets containing ferric phosphate.  Many of these have been designated as being suitable use for use in organic gardening.  This is a triumph for organic growers, who have long campaigned for the ban of toxic metaldehyde.

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One man and his organic plot - July

One man & his organic plot - July 2019

Now July has arrived, Chris is sitting back a little and enjoying the fruits of his labour. He is feeling very satisfied with an abundance of fresh lettuce, spinach and rocket for his evening salads. There is still work to be done with composting to tend to and still time to sow crops in containers.

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Henry Dimbleby launches vision for National Food Strategy

Henry Dimbleby – co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association – has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years.

He will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it:

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