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Rainforest Alliance publish updated rules on Chain of Custody

Published 22 April, 2014

New rules come into effect from May 21st, 2014 for certification organisations and their clients under the Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance Chain of Custody scheme. The changes affect the CoC Standard, the Policy and add some additional accreditation requirements. Some key changes include: Individual Farms are no longer required to obtain CoC Certification under any […]

Partnership Announced Between Soil Association and China’s OFDC

Published 17 April, 2014

As part of Soil Association Certification’s Export Support Programme, a new partnership has been announced with China’s Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC). This partnership will make it easier and less expensive for organic businesses in the UK to export their products to China. The market for organic products in China is expanding at a rapid […]

Proposal for a New European Regulation on Organic Production

Published 8 April, 2014

On March 24, 2014 the European Commission published a legislative proposal for regulation on organic production and labelling that will replace (EC) 834/2007. The new regulation is planned to come into force in July 2017. The proposal, which still has to go through various consultations, contains some important changes including: Greater restriction on retrospective conversion […]

New Report on Antibiotic Resistance and Agriculture

Published 7 April, 2014

Consumers International has published a report on agriculture’s role in the dramatic global rise of antibiotic resistance. The report, which can be read here, calls for a number of measures to be taken urgently to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming.