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Welsh organic producers' conference 2010: Production or preservation?21 October, Builth Wells
Over 135 delegates attended this event organised by Organic Centre Wales and funded by Farming Connect. Most of them were organic producers, many with concerns about the future of organic production, especially relating to Glastir.
Patrick Holden, who recently stepped down as Director of the Soil Association, spoke of the need for a major reappraisal of how organic farmers promote themselves and their produce. He believed several factors had contributed to a faltering demand for organic produce and rather than using the “O” word the emphasis should instead be on the “S” word - highlighting “sustainable” food produced from “sustainable” farming.
Workshops throughout the day included a Q & A session on Glastir; examples of small scale machinery for horticulture; lamb marketing; the marketing message; animal health; and carbon calculators.
The final speaker in the afternoon was Professor Gareth Edwards Jones, who asked "Can organic farmers lead us to a better place?” and ended with the hope that farmer-driven experimentation could move forward hand-in-hand with science.
Copies of the plenary session presentations and workshop reports may be downloaded below.
Patrick Holden: Challenging our organic ideas
Dr Christine Watson: Soil management, health and productivity (presentation available on request)
Morning plenary discussion
Prof. Gareth Edwards-Jones: Can organic farmers lead the world to a better place? PDF, 1576 kb
Afternoon plenary discussion
Glastir open forum
Philip Morgan, Livestock Marketing: Understanding your market PDF, 81 kb
Bob Kennard, Graig Producers: Lamb marketing: market review of the organic red meat sector PDF, 1074 kb
Animal health planning: sharing knowledge
Dr Pip Nicholas: ANIPLAN from plans to planning PDF, 732 kb
Horticulture: Tools for the job
Sam Eglington: Equipment for market gardeners PDF, 622 kb
Planning ahead for dairy farmers
Presentations available from OCW
Getting the organic message across
Chris Timmins, Beaufort Research: Consumer attitudes towards organic produce PDF, 356 kb
Arwyn Davies, Stratamatrix and Juliet Fay: Target audiences and Getting the message across PDF, 1167 kb
Carbon calculators: Why, What and How?
Tony Little: Understanding carbon footprint calculators 652 kb
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