Posted: 06/01/2017

Organic farmers want standards to remain post-Brexit


SOPA's RHS stall
The Scottish Organic Producers Association say members want the organic standards to remain the same when the time comes for the UK to leave the EU.

The Scottish Organic Producer’s Association says access to EU markets remains a priority in the wake of Brexit. The cooperative organic certification body also revealed the majority of organic producers want the organic standards to remain the same when the time comes for the UK to leave the EU.

More than 380 businesses throughout the organic sector responded to the SOPA consultation, with more than 85% of respondents coming from the farming sector and 10% being retailers of organic food and drink.

Members of SOPA expressed concern that regulations will become stricter and fear increased regulation could be detrimental to their business. However, two thirds of the respondents said they would be conducting a strategic review of their business.

SOPA Policy Manager Debs Roberts said is was encouraging to hear so many business were being proactive with plans for diversification and sights set on new markets. “I believe this shows a positive attitude in a time of uncertainty and the willingness to adapt to a changing business landscape,” said Roberts.

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