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Southwark Food Poverty Alliance

Garden Organic brings together alliance to address food poverty in Southwark

Garden Organic yesterday hosted the third meeting of the Southwark Food Power Alliance as part of the charity’s London Food Poverty – Southwark project, helping to fight food insecurity in the London Borough of Southwark.

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Further research on the benefits of organic food

There is much research into the differences between organic and chemically grown foods. As well as plenty of anecdotal evidence that growing and eating organic foods is beneficial to health.  But proving this scientifically can be difficult.  This article, by Garden Organic Trustee Dr Andrew Collins, explores some recent research.

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IFOAM declares new genetic engineering techniques not compatible with organic growing

IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) has published a position paper on the new genetic engineering techniques. The aim is provide clarity on what breeding techniques are compatible with organic systems. This comes at a crucial time when these new breeding techniques (NBTs) are under consideration by EU lawmakers as to whether they should be treated in the same way as GMOs.

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Ryton Gardens update January 2018

In September 2017, Garden Organic wrote to all members to announce that the running costs of our base at Ryton were limiting our ability to reach our full potential, and we would be exploring a number of options for the site that are in the best interest of the long-term future of the charity.

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CEO James Campbell with the Dobies team.

The Organic Gardening Catalogue

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Dobies to produce The Organic Gardening Catalogue.

 

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UK rivers heavily contaminated by pesticides

Eight rivers in England are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) that threaten insects, fish and birds. Two of the rivers, the Waveney between Norfolk and Suffolk, and the Tame in the West Midlands, had an “acute level” of pollution, according to tests conducted by the Environment Agency. Neonics are used by farmers and are known to threaten bees and other crucial pollinators. Although some were banned on 2013, the ban only exists on flowering crops, such as oil seed rape.

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Frost in the garden

Many gardeners across the UK woke up to heavy frost this morning. We recorded -11 degrees at Ryton last night! Here's some information on how to deal with Nature's beautiful, but deadly, ice maker.

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Is your garden a treasure trove of underused resources?

We know plants provide food – healthy vegetables, herbs and fruit.  But what else can gardeners grow them for?  There are so many other uses for the plants found commonly in British garden, including dyes, medicines, materials and general household use.  Brambles, nettles and calendula may not reach the plate, but have been used for centuries in other ways in the household.

 

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Migratory birds badly affected by pesticides

Common pesticides can have disastrous effects on migrating birds. Research has shown that they lose body mass, and the ability to orientate.

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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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