Vol.6 No.23, 28 June 2006
If organic farming was adopted by all UK farmers, 93,000 extra on-farm jobs would be created.
Results from a comprehensive survey comparing employment on organic farms to that on non-organic farms shows that organic farming is delivering 32% more jobs per farm on average across the UK.
If organic farming, currently practised on 4% of UK farmland, was adopted by all UK farmers, it would produce an additional 93,000 on-farm jobs -16 times more people than were employed by the Rover car company when it closed in April 2005.
The survey results were launched on 15 May in conjunction with the Transport & General Workers Union at the Transport and General Workers Union HQ, London.
The independent research also reveals that organic farmers are:
Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director said: 'The implications of this research are not limited to the UK. In the developing world, some 2.5 billion people are still dependent for their livelihoods on agriculture. If they adopt the model of industrial farming, as has been the trend in the developed world, millions will be forced off the land. In contrast, organic farming offers a truly sustainable development path'.
A websearch revealed that the report was published by the Soil Association. The hard evidence came from a DEFRA-commissioned study by the University of Exeter.
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