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12 January 2008

More organic problems

My article on organic food on the Guardian's Word of Mouth blog, received a bit of criticism for a basic error I made. I said that the Soil Association Ltd was the only body that could dole out organic certification in the UK. I was wrong and am happy to set the record straight. There are in fact nine bodies, the Soil Association Ltd being the largest of them.

In today's Financial Times, Bee Wilson writes an excellent - and well informed - piece on organic food in the UK.

I'm pleased to see she supports my thesis that the whole concept of organic food covers such a broad range of standards it is almost meaningless. Her example of milk is particular enlightening. She also makes the point that for many small producers, pursuing organic certification is often simply not worthwhile and for the more informed and careful consumer, it's not all that important.


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