Organic foods leading lights claim awards

12 November 1999

Organic foods leading lights claim awards

GOOD practices and a commitment to organic farming were rewarded in the Soil Associations recent Organic Food Awards.

Categories ranged from fresh meat and poultry to convenience foods, and flour to soya in the competition judged by a panel which included renowned chef Raymond Blanc.

The Organic Trophy 1999 for the individual or firm who has made an outstanding contribution to the organic movement in the UK went to Peter Segger, organic farmer and chairman of an organic food company in Lampeter, Ceredigion.

Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester, Glous, took the award for producer of the year.

A Soil Association spokeswoman praised the quality of the 650 entries in 27 categories and said that the 40-strong panel of judges had been very impressed. But she called for extra government funding to allow more British farmers to convert to organic production.

Supermarkets have reported 125-fold increases in demand for organic food in the past four years. Sales of organic food are expected to reach £500m a year next year and take 10% of the market by 2005.

The area of organically farmed land is 1.5% of the total agricultural land. &#42

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