There are various sources of useful information regarding the UK Organic Industry. We have compiled a list below of our key contacts or partners. You can also browse our members database for a full list of our member companies and organisations.
The word ‘organic’ is defined in law. EU rules apply to the organic production, labelling and control of organic products. Organic control bodies or certification bodies (CBs) license individual organic operators. They are approved in the UK by Defra. You must be registered with one of the CBs, comply with their standards and meet their requirements in order to market your produce as ‘organic’. A full list is at the Defra link below.
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues, including organic.
Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission increases awareness of organic farming throughout the EU. It includes a toolkit with free resources e.g. a photo library.
The national charity for organic growing is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.
Organic Centre Wales
The Organic Centre was established in 2000 as a focal point to disseminate information on organic food and farming in Wales.
Organic Naturally Different Campaign
The 'Organic, Naturally Different' Campaign is our consumer promotion campaign and its website provides consumer friendly information about organic, including recipes, tips, how organic is different and latest news on organic. The campaign facebook page is a vibrant 75k+ community of committed organic enthusiasts.
Organic Research Centre
The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm develops and promotes organic agriculture as the most environmentally sound way of producing healthy food.
Pesticides Action Network
The Pesticides Action Network UK is a charity addressing the health and environmental problems of pesticides.
The Soil Association
The Soil Association is a membership charity campaigning for planet-friendly food and farming.
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture that enhances the health and welfare of people and animals, improves the working and living environment, enriches society and culture and promotes equity.