16.14 Organic & Biodynamic Organisations

All 16.14 Organic & Biodynamic Organisations

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd

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    One of several national organic sector bodies recognised by Defra and one of the UK’s largest organic certifiers (organic certification UK2) offering a practical service for organic food production and processing, as well as cosmetic and bodycare standards. All staff are experienced in the farming and food processing industries and OF&G offers combined farm assurance inspections alongside organic inspections. A regular newsletter is mailed to all members to keep them informed about the latest developments within the organisation and the organic sector as a whole. All standards, plus classified ads and more, are available on the website.

  • Organic Research Centre (ORC)

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    The Organic Research Centre exists to develop and support sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems, primarily within local economies, which build on organic principles to ensure the health and well-being of soil, plant, animal, man and his environment. The ORCe was established as a “Centre of Excellence” to address the major issues raised by a global economy based on an intensive agricultural system. It is the UK’s leading research, development and advisory institution for organic agriculture, having played a pivotal role in the development of organic research, policy and standards since 1980. The organisation is firm in its belief that realistic solutions to the critically important environmental issues facing us all can be found. The ORC continues to research, develop, provide and demonstrate solutions and to investigate appropriate technologies for processing, distribution and marketing of food. The Centre believes we can develop a genuinely sustainable, equitable and healthy food system based on production methods that husband finite resources and enhance biodiversity. The Centre disseminates information through adviser training and accreditation services, producer training and courses, website, articles and policy papers, scientific papers and publications and the production of a regular journal – the Bulletin. Th

  • IFOAM – Organics International

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    Founded in 1972, we are the only international umbrella organization for the organic world, uniting diverse range of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision, with 815 members in 120 countries. Organic agriculture adheres to globally accepted principles which are implemented in specific social, economic, geo-climatic and cultural contexts. The principle aims of organic production and processing are outlined in the IFOAM Basic Standards. These set out an international framework for organic production and processing. IFOAM organises training and courses, maintains a list of members, and provides advice on organic standards and certification.

  • Biodynamic Association

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    Charity founded in 1929 to promote the biodynamic approach to farming gardening and forestry inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific research. We offer: a membership service open to everyone interested in learning about, working with, developing or supporting this unique form of organic husbandry. Our journal, Star and Furrow, is published twice yearly, along with a quarterly news-sheet. A wide range of books and the biodynamic preparations are available for sale via our online shop. Accredited courses in biodynamic horticulture and agriculture are available plus one day workshops, courses and conferences. We offer organic, biodynamic and Natrue certification for farmers, growers, processors and skincare.