Devon - Voted The No. 1 Organic County!
Hitting the organic
news this month - According to the latest figures from Defra,
Devon has been declared the UK's No. 1 organic county, for organic food and producers.
Devon has many organic producers, processors, growers, etc
and the figures show they have in total 464 certified organic
operators in Devon, compared to the next highest Somerset, with
268 operators. There are a number of large organic processors
and producers in Devon, also many smaller pioneer farm-based
businesses that deal with direct, local trade.
All this fits well with Devon's aim to be the 'greenist' county.
This has all been helped along by Devon County Council. In its
attempt to achieve this sought after title of greenist county,
they have been involved with a number of organic food initiatives,
including Devon Organic food Links and the Rafael project.
Devon County Council and the Soil Association teamed up through
a European-funded project called Rafael, the aim of this project
it to further promote and support Devon's local organic food
The Rafael project works with organic food producers and developers
to develop their markets and promote their goods. Also to encourage
local people to buy their fresh local organic food, and help
people realise that there are lots of high quality artisan produce
grown in their county.
Rafael project activities include, the promotion of Devon's
organic produce and working towards getting healthy organic food
into schools, using the Soil Association's Food for Life approach.
This project also offers opportunities for organic businesses
to share best practice through European exchanges and trading
with other regions in Europe. The Rafael project also helps to
promote Devon as the place to visit for high quality organic
food and drink.
Executive member for strategic planning and rural affairs,
Councillor Humphrey Temperley, said, "Devon has a growing
reputation for putting the environment first, so being the top
organic county is a real coup. Achieving this status will help
the county to showcase our best aspects - food, drink, environment
and our people to a wider audience. "
Devon also has the second largest area of certified organic
land, 24,395 hectares of land, which represents five per cent
of the total land area.
If you want to find out where to buy organic food and drinks
from Devon, take a look at my organic directory in the Devon
category - Click Here to visit the Devon page
There are also many other website's that offer information
about organic food in Devon, here are just a few:
Information for consumers and producers of locally produced food
and drink in Devon.
Information and resources for this project.
Supporting the farming community and promoting production.
(From The Soil Association)
Comprehensive directory of organic producers, growers, suppliers,
Organic food, organic farming: Soil Association is campaigning
for organic food, organic farming and sustainable forestry. Very
large website full of information, articles, resources, etc for
organic food and farming.
Soil Association at the National Fruit Show
As an attempt to convert more british growers to organic,
the Soil Association had their very first stall at the National
Fruit Show this year.
The Soil Associations marketing development officer, Sarah
Blackford said that they had a stall at the exhibition to raise
awareness about Defra incentives for UK producers that convert
to organic. They are also there to offer advice and information
to organic producers or those wishing to convert.
She said: "There is a real demand for UK-produced organic
top fruit. And Defra is offering growers £600 per hectare
for the first three years of conversion."
According to Soil Association data 6,531 tonnes of organic
fruit was produced in the year up to April 2006.
Sarah Blackford also added that the market for organic production
is growing; vegetable box schemes are reaching approx deliveries
251,000 a week. Also the increasing number of parents demanding
organic food as part of the Fruit for Schools scheme.
The Soil Association will be looking to exhibit again in 2007.
She said: "We have had some of our existing customers coming
to see us and we have had some interesting debates with people
who are considering converting. This has been a very good day."
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