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Managing a flagship peat restoration project

NEWS

An idyllic scene or ticking time bomb?

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FEATURES

Growing without soil

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First organic experiences

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6 OPINION Water, soils and legal matters 8 FARMER & GROWER BOARD Should water be considered a crop? 9 NEWS ROUND-UP EAT-Lancet report, our water supply, no-till, agroforestry, a low carbon Wales and more 14 MARKET NEWS Organic Market Report, veg box finder 16 BUSINESS MATTERS Global organic dairy market, organic herbs 18 GROWING IN HIGH-RISK SOILS A soil case history from Devon 29 INNOVATIVE FARMERS Herbal leys, hot water seed treatment, cabbage stem f lea beetle and FABFarmers

20 FOR PEAT’S SAKE! Restoration of valuable peatland habitat 22 COVER FEATURE WATER QUALITY A focus on the problems surrounding farming, water supply and quality 33 FARMING WITHOUT SOIL Can hydroponic and other soil-less systems ever be certified as organic? 36 ORGANICS IN THE DESERT Abu Dhabi’s shift towards organic food production 38 MITE CONTROL Participate in a study into non-chemical approaches to controlling poultry red mite 58 NEW TO ORGANIC Richard Hiscock of Coldcot Farm, Wiltshire

26 RESEARCH Ten years for agro-ecology in Europe, earthworm research, insects in decline 42 IS IT SUSTAINABLE? Sustainable development goals. What do they mean for organic producers? 44 WHAT’S YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT? Ruminants and greenhouse gas emissions 46 DROUGHT AND MANAGING WATER IN POTATOES 2018 and the experiences of two growers 48 BOOSTING BIODIVERSITY Habitat diversity around and within arable fields 50 USEFUL BOOKS AND APPS Review of

Nourishment by Fred Provenza

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