Lawrence Woodward was a founder and Director of the Organic Research Centre – Elm Farm for 30 years. He advises and speaks about the principles and methods of organic agriculture to a wide range of organisations. In 2001 he was awarded an O.B.E. for services to organic farming, having played a pivotal role in the strategic and practical development of the organic sector in the UK and internationally.
Positions he has held include Chairman of the British Organic Standards Committee, Chairman of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Member of the Soil Association Council and Management Committee, Member of United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS) Board and the English Organic Action Plan task force. He was the founding chairman of the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-op (OMSCo), Organic Arable, Organic Seed Producers Ltd and the Organic Resource Agency (ORA) and is a former trustee of the New Economics Foundation.
He is a director of Beyond GM and Whole Health Agriculture and works with the IFOAM EU Group, the Gaia Foundation and ORC. He has been and remains deeply engaged in articulating the underlying wholistic concepts of organic food and farming; and how they relate to food quality and health under today’s social, economic and environmental conditions. He has been a long standing supporter of the work of David Fleming and the concept of The Lean Economy