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

The importance of our local sheep breeds

Category: News
26 June 2020

How do we encourage people to value heritage breeds?

During the iSAGE project (Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe) ORC carried out a small piece of research around local breeds.

As part of our local breeds programme iSAGE supported a Heritage breeds day run by the National Sheep Association (NSA). During the day we discussed local breeds and then we tasted a selection and confirmed what our predecessors knew, they are indeed delicious. The Heritage breeds scheme, championed by NSA seeks to sustain our breeds and offers an interesting marketing strategy whereby you can choose your dinner based upon its age, its breed and where in the country it hails from. The short video provides a lovely introduction to the Heritage Breeds ‘New tastes from old traditions’ initiative and further information is available from NSA.

Keywords: Rare breeds heritage breeds sheep sutainability

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