Organic is Booming

The UK organic market is booming 12.6% up year on year. This is the highest growth since dip that followed the 2007 financial crisis – the total market has now reached reaching £2.79B. Growth is led by online sales during the Covid pandemic, say the Soil Association: “organic is now rightfully recognised as the cornerstone of a resilient food…

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Nestle’s KitKats no longer Fair Trade

That’s the bad news, but there is good news too, a massive public reaction that has seen 250,000 signatures collected. MPs have spoken out too, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade condemning this decision strongly, after grilling Nestlé representatives in Parliament. Nestle have not been shamed into reversing their decision but say they will maintain some Fairtrade values…

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A corporate coup?

The government lockdown to control the Covid virus is the most draconian event since WW2. We call for a government of national unity. Instead it looks as if, in a replay of 2008, all the government’s big corporate backers will get handouts enabling them to survive and then prosper, eventually swallowing up another big chunk of the economy as…

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No need to panic buy!

And fortunately our customers are not doing this. However we have been very busy as people bring forward their regular orders “just in case”. The problem with panics is that at a certain point it becomes rational to join the panic. Is this what we are seeing in mainland European countries? One thing that seems to make little sense…

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NO NEED TO GIVE UP HOPE

Last week’s election result saw the end of many people’s hopes for a government that would pursue justice here in the UK and internationally. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn would have taxed the rich to restore pubic services and recognised Palestine’s right to exist, to take just two issues. But it put him up against the billionaire media and the Israel…

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week! You don’t expect to see items about farm animals on the Coffee Plant blog, but as members of the Soil Association we see organic production as essential to saving the planet. Farm animals consume one third of all antibiotics used in the UK – that’s a staggering statistic! And the more antibiotics are used in…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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