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Organic Food

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take as part of their Organic Action Plan to encourage greater public procurement of organic food. (79893)

Following recommendations made in the Organic Action Plan’s “Two years on” document, Defra has made organic food an integral part of its sustainable food strategy.

My Department is currently leading a major initiative across Whitehall to support and encourage the purchase of more sustainable food by public authorities. The Food Procurement Implementation Group oversees this initiative and includes a number of bodies that are working on local initiatives to increase the demand for organic food and encourage more small producers to compete for public contracts.