12 September 2018
Weed control and green manures

Buckwheat for couch control field lab

15 November 2018
Organic Congress

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



7 August 2018
Dean Organic Fund interest free loans

Second round of applications now open

26 July 2018
Rothamsted Research GM field trial is ruled unlawful

Campaign groups demand action on Camelina trials



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture


UK Regulation

Full project title:

Reviewing of international approaches to organic regulations and labelling - production, economic and market access implications for UK

Contract period:

1 February 2018 to 31 July 2018

Main funder:

Defra

Contact staff at ORC:

Laurence Smith

Other staff involved:

Samantha Mullender, Stefano Orsini, Susanne Padel, Nic Lampkin

Project aims

With our imminent exit from the EU, the second project provides information from which to review our national organic regulations for England and Wales following EU exit. The project will review regulatory approaches controlling organic production and provisions for trade in other countries and summarise their strengths and opportunities. In addition, the project is tasked with exploring the organic labelling used by other countries such as those in USA and Norway.

The work involves:

  • Comparison of organic regulation models (lead by Organic Services)
  • Labelling options (lead by ORC)
  • Stakeholder engagement (lead by EcoS)
  • Final report (lead by ORC

ORC's role

ORC leads the project and contributes to all work areas.

Project leader and partners

Organic Research Centre (Lead)

Partners

  • Organic Services, an international consultancy based in Germany, specialising in support of organic guarantee systems, drawing on extensive experience and an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
  • EcoS Consultancy: provides research, technical, policy and market development services with over 20 years’ experience with a primary focus on organic food and farming, animal health & welfare, carbon and pesticide reduction policy.
  • FiBL is an independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture.

All sources of funding

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs