Soil Association’s air freight decision

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The Soil Association will not single out air freighted Kenyan organic produce, reports Business Daily. The ‘food miles’ campaign has been encouraging consumers to buy goods that have travelled the shortest distance from farms to tables. Proponents of this concept have argued that all produce brought in through long distance should carry labels so consumers would not buy them and choose local items instead. The Soil Association’s official Ken Hayes said the UK department would not withdraw its organic certificates from air-freighted organically grown produce if it handicapped vital markets for products from Africa.

“Following a lengthy consultation on air freighted organic goods, the Soil Association has decided to monitor the amount of air freighted organic goods and work with partners in East Africa to promote the positive contribution organic farming makes for food security and people’s livelihoods,” Mr Hayes states in a report. When addressing air freight, organic agriculture’s potential to alleviate poverty and enhance the local environment in developing countries is a key consideration. Air freight makes it possible for producers in developing countries to sell high value goods in the UK, bringing them social and economic gains. The report also notes that growing organic food in developing countries significantly improves the livelihoods of farmers and of rural communities.

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