3 October 2019
Beneficial insects in organic greenhouses

Workshop for growers at Northdown Orchard, Hants

23 October 2019
Soil nutrient management

A workshop with Mark Measures



10 September 2019
Agroforestry benefits natural enemies and pollinators

Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination

2 September 2019
Interactive effects of cover crops and weeds in low tillage

New paper from the OSCAR project



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Organic Action Plans

Organic action plans are widely used in Europe as a means of integrating different policies that can be used to support organic food and farming.

In the UK, we currently have an organic action plan in place in Scotland and one is under development in England. However, many other European regions are developing their own, including some as part of an Interreg Europe funded project SME Organics. The focus is on helping food businesses develop products and the market for organic food. Nic Lampkin has been advising the eight regions on behalf of the IFOAM EU Group and reports on progress to date. See article here

Download Organic Action Plans - Method Guide here

Examples of organic action plans can be found at www.orgap.org. In the UK, there were action plans in England from 2002-2007, in Wales from 1999-2004 and 2005-2010, and in Northern Ireland from 2007-2009. Currently only Scotland has a live action plan, launched in March 2011, which can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/14093552/0.

There is also a European Organic Action Plan, mainly focused on the development of European organic farming regulations, which can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/eu-policy/action-plan_en.

The EU-funded ORGAP research project, which involved staff now at ORC, produced a lay-person’s guide to the development and implementation of organic action plans. This manual is also available in printed form from FIBL and ORC, as well as an Organic Action Plan Evaluation Toolbox (ORGAPET).

Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders
Schmid, Otto; Padel, Susanne; Lampkin, Nic and Meredith, Stephen (2015) Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders. IFOAM EU, Brussels, Belgium.

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