The first meeting of the UK's Organic Food and Farming Action Plan stakeholders' forum took place earlier this week as part of the British government's commitment to creating a competitive and sustainable organic food sector.
The Organic Food and Farming Action Plan was one of several new measures launched following the publication of Sir Don Curry's Policy Commission report on the Future of Food and Farming.
The forum is composed of major stakeholders in the organic food and farming chain, and will report to the government in July this year.Its remit is to identify ways of achieving sustainable growth in organic farming and food processing, ways of increasing Britain's share of the market for organic produce and the measures required in the distribution, processing and retailing sectors to promote growth in the organic sector overall.
The Action Plan is designed to help UK farmers respond effectively to the growing demand for high quality organic food, according to organic farming minister, Elliot Morley. He welcomed the support the plan had received from all sectors of the industry. "Farmers, processors, supply chain members and retailers can all help to make the UK's organic sector become more successful and sustainable," he said.