Air Freighted Organic Food In UK To Be Fair Trade

It was a difficult, even Solomonic judgement call: As George noted earlier, the Soil Association, the UK’s leading organic certification body, had proposed withdrawing the 'organic' label from produce flown into the UK from abroad. Others argued that many African countries had developed big organic vegetable industries serving the UK market and would be put out of business.

In the end, the Soils Association decided to demand that organic food producers in developing countries contribute substantially to the social needs of communities and workers, and guarantee wages and good working conditions. "It's right to continue to allow some organic air freight. Most people say that they only support air freight if it delivers real environmental and social benefits. This linking of organic and fair trade standards does that," said Peter Melchett, the Soil Association's policy director. ::Guardian

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