UK: Organic food industry needs tighter control, say UK MPs
The boom in demand for organic food is leading to a loss of control by the industry over its traditional values, MPs warned Wednesday. The U.K. parliament's cross-party agriculture select committee believes the threat is coming from commercially orientated farmers and the supermarkets, which are becoming more dominant in the market compared to producer-controlled cooperatives. MPs acknowledged that there were "huge opportunities" and a growing demand for organics but the industry needs to get a grip on working towards better supplier relationships and stronger producer-controlled co-operatives.
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