The Vegan Society believes that action on rural livelihoods and climate change emissions from farming is urgently needed.
The organisation has spoken out following the recent appointment of Kerry McCarthy MP, a vegan for over 20 years, as the new Shadow Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Vegan Society says that recognising the strengths and diversity of the UK’s plant-based agriculture is fundamental to tackling these issues.
“We have the utmost confidence in Kerry McCarthy in her new role as the shadow Defra Minister. We will also seek to work more closely with the Government Defra Minister, Liz Truss, and hope that cross-party agreements can be reached on various issues, farmers’ livelihoods in particular,” commented Jasmijn de Boo, CEO of The Vegan Society.
“There is common ground; we all want environmental and food sustainability, and a long-term future for farmers. McCarthy’s track record of compassion in the Commons is conducive for far greater discussion on these very issues. We support farmers and growers, and now is the time to act. Government subsidies for farmers wishing to move towards sustainable crop farming is the best next step.”
A new trade event for natural and organic retailers has proved a resounding success.
The inaugural Natural Health Trade Summit took place in Manchester recently, and attracted more than 350 trade visitors.
The event was organised by Organic & Natural Business magazine’s publisher, Target Publishing, in association with the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS). As part of its support, the NAHS was also given a funding boost with a portion of proceeds from the show.
The feedback speaks for itself; 99 per cent of visitors rated the event as very valuable and 97 per cent rated the venue as very good.
The main exhibition attracted more than 60 companies, from the likes of Tree of Life and Optima, which were also show partners, Booja-Booja, Kinetic, Clearspring, Pravera, Rainforest Foods, The Health Store and Yumearth Organic Sweets. Visitors to the show included The Better Food Company, On The Eighth Day, Wild Oats, Dimensions Health Store and Wild Thyme Wholefoods.
In addition, seven packed free round table discussions were held with industry experts, offering the opportunity to talk to other retailers and share ideas.
And there was plenty of networking, with a free welcome drinks reception, sponsored by The Health Store.
David Cann, Managing Director at Target Publishing, said: “We were delighted to unite the independent wholefood trade under one roof to network, share ideas and do business. We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from visitors and our exhibitors, and look forward to the summit becoming an essential date in the industry’s diary for years to come.”
Find out about next year’s event at www.nhtsummit.co.uk
The Chief Executive at the Soil Association has opened up about how music inspires her with an appearance on Dessert Island Discs.
The organic farmer (pictured), joined Kirsty Young on the BBC Radio 4 show, where she was asked to choose her essential tracks that have made an impression on her through her life.