Regulatory policy

Organic certifier calls on policy makers to ‘champion organic’

The UK’s largest organic land certifier, Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) has released an ‘organic manifesto’ and called on policy makers to better integrate the benefits of organic farming and cultivation in response to the upheaval unprecedented transition in the agricultural sector.

“We ask that organic, with its proven evidence of ‘real world’ delivery, be recognized in a clear and unambiguous manner,” said OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr. “Policy makers must recognize the potential of organic to contribute positively to the challenges we all face, mitigating the social and environmental impacts of our agriculture and food system.”

Kerr thinks that terms such as regenerative and agroecological, which lack legally defined standards for the whole system, create growing confusion.

The blueprint explains why policy makers should consider organic and help farmers, food companies and consumers recognize the multiple benefits that organic offers.

“Time is running out for careful decisions to be made in c,” he says. “A lack of detail and continued uncertainty hampers the development of agricultural policy and regulation, which, in turn, means farmers are unable to make long-term plans.”

“OF&G has lobbied continuously on behalf of our licensees to ensure the inclusion of organic in future agricultural policy frameworks. Progress seems very slow when, in our view, the legal regulatory framework that already underpins organic farming also provides a solid foundation to help achieve Defra’s stated goals of delivering public goods in a substantial and cost-effective way.

Setting out ten fundamental reasons why organic deserves recognition, the manifesto covers key issues such as globally recognized standards, transformative farming practices, the food supply chain, carbon sequestration, biodiversity enhancement and market opportunities.

Kerr insists that with decades of research supporting the positive results of organic farming, the release of the manifesto offers an opportunity to convey a concise, factual account of its benefits that will encourage wider recognition.

“We felt it was important to bring the manifesto back to essential truths,” Kerr continues. “OF&G is not suggesting that all UK farms should adopt organic conversion, but that a range of diverse approaches, including organic, will help protect our environment while providing the resilience and adaptations needed for UK farmers to continue producing. food in the face of the increased climate volatility that we will see in the years to come.

“Everyone has a vested interest in supporting more benign and sustainable practices to preserve the future. Eco-friendly farming practices are being reinvented and rebranded, but organic provides the only clear, current and verified solution. »

OF&G’s organic manifesto: ten reasons to believe in it

  1. Organic brings transformation in all agricultural systems
  2. Organic is a solution to carbon sequestration
  3. Organic builds biodiversity
  4. Organic is agroecological and regenerative
  5. Organic guarantees the integrity of our food
  6. Organic has high animal welfare
  7. Organic can be part of a range of farming systems
  8. Organic is the only globally recognized agroecological standard for food production
  9. Organic responds to market demand
  10. Organic is an untapped opportunity