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Bees found to acquire a taste for pesticides

Study shows bee develop preference for pesticides

Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food that can be compared to nicotine addiction in smokers, say scientists. The more of the nicotine-like chemicals they consume, the more they appear to want, a study has shown.

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Recyclable plant pots - are they the answer?

Plastic pollution has been a high-profile issue in 2018, and the ubiquitous black plant pot is one of the worst offenders.  Garden centres are now planning to replace them with plastic that can be recycled.  But is this enough?

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What can seed saving do for you?

Seed saving is often viewed as a bit of a dark art even amongst those that are experienced at growing their own food. However, it seems that this practice is more widespread than we believed ....

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Help us to continue our organic growing project in Southwark

https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/portal/donations/donateIn 2016 we launched a new project in the London Borough of Southwark. The project was funded by the Hirschmann Foundation to train Master Gardeners, and Food Buddies, to go into the most deprived wards in the borough and teach residents how to grow and cook their own organic food.

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Garden Organic celebrates another successful year in its 2017 Annual Review

We're thrilled to share the successes of another productive year through our 2017 Annual Review, sent to Garden Organic members at the beginning of the month.

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Monsanto loses court case concerning the safety of glyphosate

Monsanto has lost a landmark trial in San Francisco, when it was found that a former school groundskeeper developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of using Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup.

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One man and his organic plot August 2018

One man & his organic plot - August 2018

As the heat draws to a conclusion, Chris is looking forward to a breather after a busy spring and summer. Chatting away to all of the gardeners and allotment holders he knows, this has been a summer season of watering and very little else but for those of you that managed to get out and tend to your plants on a daily basis, you will have seen success.

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Latest survey on pesticide use in public amenities

Many Garden Organic members are concerned about the use of pesticides and weedkillers used in public spaces.  Glyphosate formulations to kill weeds in parks and around schools, for instance.  The latest survey on public amenity pesticide use from the Health and Safety Executive has just been released.  It makes disturbing reading.

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How to know the true cost of food

Have you ever thought about the true cost of producing your food? We expect that the price we pay reflects all the costs of getting food into our shops. Because intensively farmed and low-welfare food items are cheaper to buy we imagine they are cheaper to produce. But are they? When it comes to food and farming, Triodos Bank recognises the impact that certain food systems can have on our planet and the people who are part of the production cycle.
 

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The post-Brexit organic landscape

The post-Brexit organic landscape

Amongst so many other issues, one of particular concern to our stakeholders is the future for organic after Brexit. Organic food and growing is currently regulated by the EU organic frameworks, which set standards and regulations for all EU member states.  But what will happen after Brexit?

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