Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Soil Association Warns of Difficult Times Ahead

AT LEAST eight organic farmers are leaving the sector every month as consumer demand for premium food stagnates and costs rise, according the industry's two biggest certification bodies.

The Soil Association and the Organic Farmers and Growers has warned the sector faces difficult times and the organic revolution faces stalling in the face of rising food prices and job uncertainty.

The National Farmers' Union has also said that "a small number at breaking point" wanted to leave farming but could not, because they had converted from standard farming less than five years ago and would have to pay back all the subsidies they had received.

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