Organic farmers fail to meet demand

UK - UK producers are missing out on the chance offered by organic production and need more government support, say researchers at Reading University.
calendar icon 29 June 2006
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In Barriers to the adoption of organic farming in the European Union, author Philip Jones concludes that farmers are failing to increase organic production to match rocketing consumer demand.

"The UK has the third largest retail market for organic produce in the world," said Philip Jones of the Centre for Agricultural Strategy at Reading.

"Yet less than half of the produce we buy is home grown.

"Recent increases in the financial support available for organic farmers have failed to halt the continued slow down in the number of farmers coming forward for conversion to organic production.

Source: FWi

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