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Garden Organic calls for support to say 'No' to glyphosate

Following the recent deferral of the EU vote to relicense glyphosate, Garden Organic is urging members and supporters to get behind the campaign for a ‘No’ vote when the EU committee next meets.

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EU decision on glyphosate deferred

A committee of EU experts and ministers met this week to decide whether to renew the licence for glyphosate. With opposition from environmental groups, and some member states such as France, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, the vote was deferred. The committee are under pressure as the current licence expires in June.

Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide (weedkiller) that has been classified as being potentially carcinogenic. It is usually mixed with other chemicals to create a toxic cocktail. Roundup is a well known example.

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Organic food is proven to be better for you!

A new study from Newcastle University has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

This adds to their report from 2015 which concluded that organic crops are up to 60% higher in anti-oxidants.

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Garden Organic's Master Composters

Master Composters in Hot 100 for another year!

For a second year running, Garden Organic’s Master Composter programme has made the top ten of Resource Magazine’s Hot 100!

This year the Hot 100 list celebrated the industry’s top ‘waste wizards’ who, in the magazine’s words, use their own special sort of sorcery to turn waste in to resources.

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Aldi Süd bans bee-harming pesticides

Aldi Süd, the German branch of the supermarket chain, is the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight bee-harming pesticides from domestic fruits and vegetables produced for their markets.

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New research exposes secret cocktail of toxic pesticides in hedgerows and wildflowers

Scientists at Sussex University have discovered that bees are exposed to a chemical cocktail when feeding from wildflowers growing next to neonicotinoid treated crops in UK farmland. These chemical cocktails could make the impact of neonicotinoids up to 1000 times more potent than previously realised.

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HMI report praises Garden Organic's prison garden

Garden Organic’s horticultural intervention programme at HMP Rye Hill has been praised in a HMI Inspectorate of Prisons Report. The HMI report pays tribute to the Recovery Garden as an important asset in assisting prisoners recovering from drug mis-use.

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Award winning Master Gardener project

Master Gardener-supported growing project 'outstanding'

The 3 Close Tenants group in Loughborough, supported by Master Gardener Helen Burgess, has been awarded a distinction in the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ competition.

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Glyphosate: European Food Standards Agency says it isn’t carcinogenic

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that glyphosate (a chemical weedkiller) is unlikely to cause cancer. This is despite findings earlier this year, from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’.

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Garden Organic's Heritage Seeds showcased on BBC2

We're looking forward to the third episode of 'Kew on a Plate' this evening, with Garden Organic Vice-President, Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble - BBC2 at 9pm. The series sees Raymond and Kate re-establish a long-lost kitchen garden at Kew using some of the rare varieties from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library, at the site of what was once Queen Victoria's royal kitchen garden.

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