Organic Trade Board
Organic Trade Board


Firm Announcements and Law Updates

Diary dates
16 October 2019: IFOAM Honest Food campaign Launch
20-22 October 2019: NatExpo international trade show for organic products, Paris.
23 October 2019: ORC Soil nutrient management, a workshop for farmers and growers and advisers on soil nutrient and fertility management at Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester.
23 October 2019: Soil Association Organic Trade Conference at Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London.
26-27 October 2019: Biodynamic Association Conference & AGM at Glasshouse College, Stourbridge.
13-14 November 2019: Nordic Organic Food Fair at MalmöMässen, Sweden.

OTB members - we are developing a long term events calendar that will be available in the Member Resources area soon, if you have any forthcoming dates to add, please contact Annie.

Peter Melchett


This month we witnessed the passing of one of our sector's most authentic and committed proponent of the organic industry. Peter was always an approachable, likeable and convincing champion of the values that he held for the environment and consequently his role within the organic sector.

Peter was engaged, genuinely interested and extremely well informed on matters relating to food production and environmental conservation in a commercial world. His practical experience as a farmer, politician and environmental campaigner and his broad outlook and inquisitive character made him a formidable advocate for the organic sector.

His strength came from his power of observation and understanding of the complicated and integrated needs of the agricultural business, society and the environment. He challenged and held to account poorly constructed arguments made in the name of progress that overlooked the needs of broader society and the environment.

He was liked by many, frustrated by those who withered under his persuasive logic and above all, deeply respected by those who had occasion to work with him.

We will miss him, and his contribution to the foundations of our industry ensures a position of strength from which we can hope for a better future.

Paul Moore
Executive Director

Annie Seeley