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Thursday, 17 February 2011

UK governments have failed to support organic farming

Successive British governments have failed to support and promote the organic food and farming sector, according to a damning report. Their failures have left the UK an isolated "lazy man of Europe". Research from the UK's biggest organic body highlights the low priority given to the sector by "diffident" policy-makers, which it claims led to sales of organic food and drink slumping in the recession while other major European organic markets successfully weathered the storm. The report, The Lazy Man of Europe, will be published by the Soil Association today at the start of its annual conference in Manchester, and will urge the government to follow the example of other European countries. In Denmark, which has the largest organic market in Europe, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Austria, governments explicitly support organic. They provide more support in payments to organic farmers and have also launched major marketing initiatives to boost sales.

Source: Guardian