UK bottom of organic league table
Post by John Chappels
on 09 February 2011 in Food & Drink
The United Kingdom has been labelled as “the lazy man of Europe”
when it comes to supporting organic food and farming.
The Soil Association, a British body concerned with
promoting the organic sector, is calling on the government to take action and
bring the UK into line with its European neighbours. In a new report released
today, the organisation said sales of organic food continued to grow in
Austria, Germany, Denmark, France and Switzerland in 2009, despite the effects
of the global recession. In the UK, sales fell by 13.6 per cent during the year.
The Soil Association claims successive UK governments have
failed to properly back the organic industry, preferring instead to “sit back
and snooze”. It is now calling on the coalition to introduce a number of
strategies aimed at helping to promote seasonal food in the organic sector.
Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association,
said: “The results of our investigation provide a blueprint for the new
government to live up to its pledge and to move the UK from the bottom of the
European league table when it comes to backing organic.”
In response, a spokesperson from the Department for the
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Organic farming is one of the pioneering
approaches to sustainable production and remains influential, but it is not the
only one and it would not be right to increase taxpayer support for one