30 October 2018
Crop diversification in organic protected crops

New network to share knowledge and experience

15 November 2018
UK Organic Congress 2018

Going for Growth – Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



25 September 2018
Agroforestry design for livestock and arable farmers

Workshop report from David Rose's Farm

24 September 2018
Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Crop Modelling

Research Fellow/Assistant vacancy at Cranfield



20 August 2018
Tipping point in agricultural production

New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race

Policy and debates

Recent articles

We seek to engage with and influence policy-makers at local, national and international level in order to ensure that the potential of organic/ agro-ecological approaches is recognized in relevant policy debates, including climate change, food security, biodiversity, animal health/welfare, food quality/health and agri-environmental/rural development and research and innovation programmes, and to ensure that appropriate policies are developed to reflect this.

Policy work, and engagement in debates on organic principles and related issues, is therefore an integral part of our overall programme. It links our agricultural research and advisory and demonstration activities to the political, economic and social framework in which we operate. It is also the vehicle for making our philosophy and principles – our broad aspirations – part of the mainstream political and social agenda.

The work deals with long-term fundamental questions of how to bring about a genuinely sustainable food system. In this, we aim for the goals described by Schumacher of creating methods of production and consumption “designed for peace and permanence”. A key element of this is the development of concepts and policies that can foster and support regional food economies as an alternative to the globalisation of our food system.

But we also work on the issues that impact on organic farming today. To this end we work on the impact of genetic engineering; the development of national and EU Organic Action Plans and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; the regulatory and structural issues of plant breeding and seed production and key issues related to the development of organic standards.

We are an independent and evidence based institution. In our policy work we debunk “sacred cows” and we are prepared to “stick out our necks” as we did when we assembled the evidence to challenge the government’s “slaughter-only” policy in the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001.

Our policy work is co-ordinated by Prof. Nic Lampkin with support from Lawrence Woodward as Principal Policy Advisor and other members of the Policy team.

Policy and debates areas

Genetic engineering

Brexit

Organic action plans

Agri-environment

Climate change

Food security

Animal health

Research priorities

Organic regulations



Recent articles

Government support needed for agroforestry: Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture More...

Agroforestry in England: Benefits, barriers and opportunities : New policy briefing More...

Organic farming: new EU rules adopted: New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021 More...

New IFOAM EU President: "New CAP should reward public goods": Jan Plagge, President of Bioland will replace Christopher Stopes More...

Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Experience: New report sheds light on how UK farming can meet the sustainability challenge More...

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