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Organic Food Gets Boost from UK Food Retailers, Prince Charles.

UK food retailer Sainsbury's plans to have all its private-label organic products certified by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) accredited bodies by 2003. The IFOAM accreditation program ensures equivalency of organic certification program worldwide. Currently the majority of organic products sold under the Sainsbury's private label brand are certified by the Soil Association, the UK's leading organic certification body. In addition Sainsbury's will encourage all their suppliers to become members of IFOAM. Sainsbury's says it is committed to reducing the amount of imported organic food (70 percent of organic food sold in the UK is imported) and is concentrating on developing partnerships with UK farmers and suppliers as well as research and development organizations in order to boost the amount of organic food produced in the UK. In addition Sainsbury's will encourage all their suppliers to become members of IFOAM. Currently Sainsbury's is the only supermarket member of IFOAM in the UK.

In related news, key advisers to the Prince of Wales are helping Tesco, Britain's largest supermarket chain, to announce an expansion of its organic food range and the creation of Britain's first professor of organic farming. Prince Charles is an ardent supporter of organic agriculture. Tesco now hopes to become the largest seller of organic produce in Britain, with at least 100 organic products in every one of its 680 stores. The arrangement is estimated to be worth approximately $142,000 to the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. Tesco also plans to donate approximately $640,000 over five years to Newcastle University to fund research into organic farming. The university will use the money to create a research base, likely to be called the Tesco Centre for Organic Agriculture. It will also install Carlo Leifert as its first professor of ecological agriculture in what is believed to be the first post of its kind created at a British university.
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Date:Sep 18, 2000
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