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The Soil Association is calling for a ban on the routine use of antibiotics on dairy farms after a study identified a new strain of MRSA in milk from British dairy farms.
Sales of organic products tumbled by almost 6% last year, as reduced customer spending took its toll on the beleaguered sector. The Soil Association s annual Organic Market Report, published yesterday, revealed that sales were down 5.9% in 2010 to 1.73bn.
Patrick Holden is leaving the Soil Association to promote sustainable farming internationally. The outspoken director will leave at the end of September following more than 20 years with the association, 15 as director.
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