08 April 1998
‘Uphill struggle’ for organic farming

ORGANIC food production has a long, uphill struggle, according to a new report published by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

It suggests a low level of awareness and take-up by conventional farmers, and that the niche industry faces a long battle ahead to win the hearts and minds of producers and consumers.

It found one-third of a sample of conventional farmers had considered switching to organic production. Almost half agreed that ideally they would like to farm organically, but uncertain markets, lower yields and investment costs were prohibitive factors.

Almost three-quarters were unaware of financial incentives for conversion. The Soil Association – which represents organic farmers – called this “astonishing”.

  • The Scotsman 08/04/98 page 30