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  • ProVeg International

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    ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation working across four continents. Its mission is to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50 per cent by the year 2040. Many of the world’s most urgent problems share a common cause: our food choices. ProVeg is dedicated to raising awareness of how we can tackle these problems through diet. Our food choices can become a multiproblem solution. ProVeg inspires and motivates people to live a more plant-based lifestyle by raising awareness of the five PROs – or reasons – for doing so. ProVeg supports everyone who is interested in changing their eating habits by providing practical information about how they can transition to animal-free alternatives. ProVeg collaborates with governments, public institutions, and the food industry to improve the taste, ease, and accessibility of plant-based food. ProVeg strives for a world where everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all humans, animals, and our planet.

  • National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA)

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    FARMA, The National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association, is the trade association for farm shops, farmers markets and pick your own farms in the UK. It is run as a co-operative of around 400 businesses that share one thing – a passion to promote food which is grown and sold by the same hands.

  • Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Ireland (BDAAI)

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    The BDAAI was founded in 1985, to promote biodynamic farming and gardening in Ireland. The BDAAI supports farms and gardener’s looking for Demeter certification but it is not its main aim. Demeter certification in Ireland is now under the auspices of the Biodynamic Association UK The BDAAI organises conferences annually, workshop, garden and farm walks during the summer and provides a biannual newsletter. Combined with real world research and open minds the BDAAI aims to bring the practices of biodynamic agriculture to gardens and farms all over Ireland. Biodynamic agriculture and its practices come from a series of lectures  given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. But the knowledge and systems he spoke of are much older, from a time when man and nature were closely bound. Biodynamics has evolved and grown worldwide since then. Biodynamic Agriculture is a method of farming that recognises the dynamic nature of living systems and the farmers/growers who interact with it. It considers all the factors that influence plants, animals and the surrounding environment.

  • Waltham Place Organic Farm and Gardens

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    Waltham Place Farm is a 220 acre organic and biodynamic farm of which 50 acres is woodland and gardens, 40 acres is arable and the remainder is permanent pasture and grass leys. The estate is both Soil Association and Demeter certified. The farm rears organic beef, lamb and pork which is for sale all year round, and in the summer season dairy produce is available in the farm shop. There is an organic kitchen garden which produces seasonal vegetables and fruit. During the open season May-September, visitors can go around the gardens, and sample the estate produce in the tea rooms. Throughout the year there is an active Schools Education programme and also training courses for adults. See website for opening times and further details.

  • Riverside Real Food

    Riverside Real Food (RCMA Social Enterprise Ltd) runs three weekly Farmers’ Markets in Cardiff; Riverside, Roath and Rhiwbina. The Markets provide access to the very best in local, fresh, Welsh and organic food – supporting sustainable agriculture  and reducing food miles and wasteful packaging. RCMA also runs a community garden and programmes of food-related outreach and education projects in the local community, including Blas pop-up events. Blas is the welsh word for taste, something they are all about at Riverside Real Food. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for traders producing incredible streetfood,  the organisers started Blas, a series of pop up food events filled with locally-made dishes and drinks. These have become a community gathering for people who love their food local and delicious. Blas has been running for two years with pop ups in Riverside, Roath, Cardiff University and Pontcanna and has been a starting point for many food businesses that you see popping up all over Cardiff.

  • Fairtrade Foundation

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    The Fairtrade Foundation is a certification body which awards an independent consumer label – the FAIRTRADE Mark – to products which meet international standards. The FAIRTRADE Mark appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. There are now over 4,500 products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark in the retail and catering markets. Fairtrade makes a difference to over 1.5 million farmers, workers and their families. It ensures: a price that covers producers’ costs, a premium which producers decide how to invest in their communities on projects such as clean water, healthcare, education and the environment, and long term and more direct trading relations. Products include coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney & sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs &  spices, seeds, nuts & nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cloth toys, cotton wool and olive oil. Fairtrade Fortnight  is the annual campaign each February to raise awar

  • Landworkers’ Alliance

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    The Landworkers’ Alliance is a grassroots union of farmers, growers and land-based workers with a mission to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food system for everyone. We work for a future where farmers are able to work with dignity and earn a decent living, and people can access healthy, affordable food from local producers. We are a democratic member-led union, run by producers for producers. All our policies and representation comes from farmers, growers and land-based workers who have direct experiences of the issues we campaign on. We are members of La Via Campesina, the global movement of small-scale producers and peasant farmers. We stand for a food system based on the principles of food sovereignty where everybody has access to healthy, regionally produced, affordable food from farmers they can trust. We want to see power put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors. We believe that farmers and communities must be at the heart of decision-making and have a strong voice in agricultural policy making. What We Do Social Networks and Solidarity – We work to strengthen social networks and solidarity between farmers, growers and land-based workers. Training and Exchange – We work to increase the skills and knowledge of our members and organise trainings, skill-shares and exchanges. Media and Advocacy – We work to improve the public understanding of the role that small and medium-scale agroecological farms play in creating a better food system. Campaigning Read more [...]

  • Trade Justice Movement

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    A diverse campaigning coalition, with around 70 UK member organisations that together have more than nine million supporters. Members include aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, fair trade organisations, trade unions, faith and consumer groups. Together, they are campaigning for fundamental change to the unjust rules and institutions governing international trade, so that it is structured to benefit the world’s poorest people and the environment.

  • Soil Association

    The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, people and the environment. Today the Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. To find out more please visit our website www.soilassociation.org As a charity we rely on member and donor support to carry out our work. Give your beliefs a voice and join us today. There are many other ways to support our work and get involved, explore our website and find out what’s best for you.

  • Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming

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    Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity, and enrich society and culture. The main way that Sustain fulfils its aims is through running a multitude of different projects and campaigns to improve food and farming, with the help of our members and other supporters.

  • British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS)

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    The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) is an association of members in three membership categories who, although independent, unite in a core purpose which is to bring about fundamental changes in the status of developing world producers through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning. Fair Trade shops and suppliers promote social justice for the producers of the goods they sell. Our members work together to create an alternative model to conventional international trade; a model in which human rights are at the top of our agenda.

  • Slow Food UK

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    Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It was founded in 1989 in Italy. Slow Food UK aims to achieve long-term change in the thematic areas of biodiversity (preserving threatened foods and strengthening local economies through assisting small-scale producers and building short-supply chains), taste education (creating a better understanding and appreciation of the important connection between health, local food culture and agriculture) and food communities (connecting producers to consumers, creating awareness that showcases sustainable agriculture and artisan food production). This exchange of information, ideas, advice and practices takes place largely in three interconnected spheres: 1) at the national level among UK member groups and other collaborative actors; 2) at the international level linking UK groups to member groups around the world, including technical experts and other actors involved in food issues; and 3) by connecting and empowering farming and food communities in developed and developing countries – which is often referred to as the Terra Madre (Mother Earth) network – that are also impacted by the food choices and policies in the UK.

  • Soil Association Scotland

    Soil Association Scotland is a devolved office of the Soil Association, the UK’s leading voice in organic food and farming matters. Based in Edinburgh, it brings the organisation’s expertise closer to farmers, manufacturers, consumers and policy makers in Scotland, who benefit from local knowledge. It is a charity providing high-quality, affordable technical advice and information to its members, representing their interests and views in agricultural, environmental and food industry forums, including the Scottish Parliament.

  • Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA)

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    Formed in 1988 to service organic farmers and growers in Scotland. With a  membership of over 500 farmers throughout Scotland, SOPA is the largest organic certification body in Scotland (Organic Certification GB-ORG-17).

  • Organic Food Federation

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    The Organic Food Federation (OFF) was established in 1986 and offers organic certification to producers, processors, importers, retailers, caterers, warehouses and aquaculture. We have adopted the definitive UK legal organic standards which comply with EU 834/07 and 889/08 and operate under the member state code of organic certification UK4. Our standards are easy to understand, have been written in plain English and are available on our website www.orgfoodfed.com. Members’ interests are ensured by lobbying DEFRA, the EU and other appropriate bodies to guarantee that organic standards are maintained and improved upon. The Federation has also developed Aquaculture and Personal Care Standards and will be introducing standards for other specialised products in the future. We offer an individual inspection, certification and registration service and any queries are dealt with promptly by our qualified staff.

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