17 LABELS, STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 Certification

    Soil Association Certification is the UK’s largest organic certification body, responsible for certifying over 70% of all organic products sold in the country. We certify organic food and farming, organic textiles and organic beauty products. Since 1973 our team has built up extensive practical experience and provide unrivalled support before, during and after certification. The Soil Association organic logo on pack is the most recognised in the UK and your customer’s guarantee that your produce meets the highest standards of sustainability and quality. 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Soil Association – Food for Life

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    The Food for Life Served Here mark can help you to find good food. It’s the Soil Association’s unique award which guarantees that what’s on the menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare. Meals which have been awarded the Catering Mark are all free from controversial e-numbers such as aspartame, tartrazine and MSG. They do not contain artificial trans-fats or GM ingredients. When you see the Catering Mark, you can rest assured that all meat and dairy products come from farms which meet Red Tractor animal welfare standards. Many go even further and serve organic meat, dairy products or eggs, which means guarantees a truly free-range life where animals have plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow. For restaurants and caterers, the Food for Life Catering Mark is a unique way to gain the recognition for the extra effort put into serving great food. The bronze, silver and gold awards recognise best practice and offer you a step-by-step approach towards using more fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients.

  • World Fair Trade Organization

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    WFTO is the global network of fair trade organisations working together to improve the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged producers, and to speak out for greater justice in world trade.

  • Slow Food International

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    Slow Food, founded in 1989, is an international organisation whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenisation of modern fast food and life. Through a variety of initiatives, it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It has 80,000 members in 100 countries. Its main offices, situated in Bra (Cuneo), a small town in southern Piedmont, employ about 100 people. They are the hub of a close-knit network of local grassroots offices in Italy and abroad, the so-called convivia, which promote the movement by staging events, debates and other initiatives. Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of their managers, collaborators and members, they provide continuous feedback to the central offices in Bra. Slow Food also boasts a publishing company, Slow Food Editore, which specializes in tourism, food and wine. Its catalogue now contains about 40 titles and it also publishes Slow, ‘a herald of taste and culture’, in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. Slow Food promotes scores of projects and activities and The Ark of Taste is a first step in this direction. The aim of this massive project is to identify and catalogue products, dishes and animals that are in danger of disappearing. The op

  • Organic Trade Association

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    The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. Founded in 1985, OTA is the leading voice for organic agriculture and trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others. Organic products represented include organic foods, ingredients and beverages, as well as organic fibers, personal care products, pet foods, nutritional supplements, household cleaners and flowers. OTA’s member organic businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.

  • 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.

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