Organic food production is based upon modern, sustainable farming systems which maintain the long-term fertility of the soil.
Organic techniques have been developed from an understanding of and research into soil science, crop breeding, animal husbandry and ecology. The maintenance of soil fertility relies principally on the use of legumes, crop rotations, the application of composted animal manures, green manures and ground rock minerals. Weeds are controlled by mechanical methods and artificial fertilisers, herbicides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives are prohibited.
Whilst the sector is still a relatively small part of the UK’s overall food production, organic farming has expanded at a dramatic rate in recent years, both in this country and around the world.
Unlike most food assurance schemes, organic food production is subject to statutory control. Once a producer or processor decides to become involved in organic food production and processing, they become subject to an EU Regulation, which has been incorporated into the laws of the United Kingdom.
Laurence Gould Partnership have been involved in the creation, ongoing management and provision of advice to a wide variety of livestock and crop based organic farms throughout the UK. We have extensive experience of the organic sector and would be happy to assist in any aspect of organic production whether for an existing farm or prospective organic unit.