7 July 2020
OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops 2020

Know your soils and know your sales: organic min-till and non-organic no-till webinar

14 July 2020
Land sharing and sparing

OF&G and Agricology webinar



3 July 2020
Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

Interactive online seminars throughout July

29 June 2020
Benefits and challenges of herbal or diverse leys

Opportunities for farmer involvement



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

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.

Policy and debates areas

Genetic engineering

Brexit

Organic action plans

Agri-environment

Climate change

Food security

Animal health

Research priorities

Organic regulations



Recent articles

Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens: Interactive online seminars throughout July More...

Are organic options being side-lined by Defra?: Is the government ignoring the value of ‘public goods’ in organic farming? More...

UK pesticide standards could be slashed in new trade deals: Threat to public health and the environment More...

EU targets 25% organic land in Europe by 2030: EU Biodiversity andFarm to Fork strategies unveiled More...

Delivering on Net Zero: Scottish Agriculture: Scotland’s agriculture sector can comfortably reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 38% by 2045 More...

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