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Workshop
16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Let’s Kick the Copper Habit: Promoting Blight Resistant Potatoes Within Retail

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16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Let’s Kick the Copper Habit: Promoting Blight Resistant Potatoes Within Retail

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How do we transition away from copper reliance in potato production? A look at the latest blight resistant potato varieties, a discussion on the barriers of getting these into the mainstream and how supermarkets could play a major role. How can we emulate the Netherlands covenant which transformed the organic potato sector?

Appealing to those interested in how we transition away from copper reliance in potato production, and building on research for Organic-PLUS, we consider how to phase out contentious inputs in organic agriculture. 

We take a look at the latest blight resistant potato varieties from Agrico – how stacked gene resistance makes them even more robust and why farmers will benefit – and we hear from the RiSS group based in Scotland. They have been exploring how to improve resilience in the organic potato sector and potentially influence policy and the implications this could have on the whole of the UK. 

We also discuss the barriers of getting blight resistant varieties into the mainstream and how major supermarkets can play a role in consumer acceptance and demand. We hear from Waitrose on how they hope to show leadership on this issue. How can we strive towards the transformation seen in the organic potato sector in the Netherlands?

Thanks to Organic-PLUS for funding this important research.

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