19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



12 August 2020
New US study on glyphosate and organic diets

Glyphosate levels in children and adults drop dramatically after one week of eating organic

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

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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