World Soil Day

World Soil Day is celebrated today, 5th December. 95% of our food comes from soil, but a third of our global soils are already degraded. Poor farming practices that are dependent on agrichemicals do little to help build up soil health and resilience. Here are some ideas on how to get your own organic soil in tip top condition...

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RHS responds to criticisms of 'Perfect for Pollinators'

The Royal Horticultural Society has admitted to reviewing its 'Perfect for Pollinators' scheme, after research showed plants in garden centres contained a mixture of pesticides which could harm the pollinators.

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Glyphosate authorised - but only for 5 years

The EU have finally voted to renew the licence for glyphosate. But only for 5 years. It has taken 18 months of battling between the agrichemical industry, who wanted a full 15 years licence renewal, and concerned individuals, NGOs and environmental organisations who wanted the substance banned.

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Glyphosate petition discussed in EU parliament

Earlier this year, over three thousand Garden Organic members signed a petition on glyphosate. This week it was presented to the EU parliament.

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Shocking facts on pesticides

Shocking facts on pesticide use were revealed yesterday, at a high level debate on Pesticides and food: is low dose exposure harmful? Held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Garden Organic learned that:

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Glyphosate future still undecided

European ministers have once again reached stalemate on whether to relicense the weed killer chemical glyphosate. Only 14 voted to approve the proposal that the licence be renewed for a further 5 years, 9 voted against and 5 abstained. It now goes to an appeal committee for consideration at the end of this month. Time is running out, as the licence ends in December.

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Neonics - UK to back ban says Gove

Michael Gove, Minister for the Environment, has committed the UK to backing a ban on bee-harming pesticides. "Where there is evidence that human activity is contributing to pollinator decline, we have a duty to act. Among the potential threats to pollinators are neonicotinoids, a type of pesticide." He writes "the UK will be supporting further restrictions on neonicotinoids. Unless the evidence base changes again, the government will keep these restrictions in place after we have left the EU."

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Xylella fastidiosa. What is it?

What is Xylella? Is it a risk for British plants?

Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterium that lives in the plant’s ‘xylem’ (water channels). It causes disease by restricting or blocking the water and nourishment from travelling throughout the plant - thus causing the plant to rapidly wilt and die from lack of water. Variants of the bacterium have been detected as far apart as Brazil, the US, Italy and Germany. It could well be on its way to Britain.

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Glyphosate decision delayed by EU Commission

After Tuesday's vote in the EU parliament to limit the glyphosate licence for just 5 years, the EU Commission was expected to ratify this decision the day after. Instead, they failed to take a vote.

This delays the final decision on extending the licence for glyphosate, due to run out at the end of the year.

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EU lawmakers demand five-year phase out of weedkiller glyphosate

The European Parliament called on Tuesday for weedkiller glyphosate to be phased out in the next five years, prompting the European Commission to drop its proposal for a 10 year licence extension.

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