Following a thorough and wide-ranging consultation, which looked at whether any changes are justified to organic animal feed standards in the current recession, the Soil Association’s independent Standards Board has decided against making any changes.
All food certified by the Soil Association and sold as organic will continue to be produced under full organic standards.
From an inquiry among people involved in organic farming it was found that three quarters of the respondents were opposed to allowing any changes to the standards covering animal feed.
Respondents noted the importance of retaining the integrity of Soil Association standards and expressed concern about the potential for damaging consumer confidence.
They also pointed out that what might help livestock farmers could do damage to the organic feed market and the arable farmers who supply it.