30 July 2019
Agricology Field Day: Talking diverse pastures

Diverse pastures: win-win for livestock health, wildlife and your pocket!

14 August 2019
Agricology Field Day: IPM and biological control

. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Biological Control - Norfolk



28 June 2019
The Summer Bulletin No.128 is out!

Spring issue now available for free download

18 June 2019
Vikas Agrawal

Sad news of the loss of our Treasurer



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

Government closes ACOS

Category: News
14 October 2010

The Coalition Government has today confirmed that it will close the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS). From an ORC perspective, this is a serious blow as there is now no forum for communication with Defra on the implementation of organic standards in the UK, particularly one that includes both industry and NGO representatives. The risk is now that Defra will rely on informal communication with industry and certification groups with particular interests to represent, potentially leading to further under-mining of the core organic/agro-ecological principles that we and others in the organic movement have been striving to develop and promote. The Government has taken a very short-term cost-saving view without considering the much greater longterm damage that will result, and has failed to engage with organic sector representatives to discuss ways forward. It is to be hoped that once the spending review is out of the way, there can be a fresh look at these issues.Keywords: ACOS

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