An ambitious new action plan has been launched to help organic food and farming build a more sustainable future, regenerate the rural economy and conserve biodiversity and natural resources.
‘Organic Ambitions: Scotland’s Organic Action Plan 2016–2020’ identifies the key challenges facing the development of Scottish organic food and the actions required to address them.
Key to the strategy is spreading knowledge about the economic, environmental and social value of Scottish organic produce, increasing the strength of the whole supply chain and boosting skills through knowledge of best practice and training.
Building resilience by strengthening the ability of the sector to conserve and enhance Scotland’s natural capital will also be vital.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said: “Scottish food and drink is a phenomenal success story and, as interest in organic produce increases, that sector clearly has an important role to play in continuing that trend. Much has been achieved over the past few years but there is the potential to do so much more.
“I want to see a strong organic sector in Scotland, one that is strategically supported and that can compete with the rest of the UK, EU and the world. I also want to see an organic sector making an important contribution to Scotland becoming a Good Food Nation, by being self-sustaining, adding value to our environment as well as the economy.
“Partnership and positive collaboration are key to achieving these aims and this new action plan will assist in realising these ambitions.”
‘Organic Ambitions’ was funded by Scottish Government and produced by the Scottish Organic Forum following an extensive consultation.