High organic pork prices affect pig sector
Because of record cereal prices, the price of organic pork is set to rise
and it is suspected the decade-long growth in sales could falter.
According to the British Soil Association, the main organic certification
farming body, organic pig and poultry farmers are struggling to feed their
livestock because prices are so high.
also fearful that supermarkets will be reluctant to pass on the increase to
Organic sales saw a 22% increase on the 2006 figures, but
organic producers believe that growth in sales of organic food is unlikely to be
sustained at last year's levels. This is because not enough organic grain is
being produced in Britain.
State of flux
the association's director of food and farming, said, "We are in a state of real
flux. Prices will need to go up across the board. And we are very nervous about
the pig and poultry sector."
According to Browning, the factors which
have caused a rise in conventional grain prices - low harvests in many regions
of the world, bad weather in Europe and growing demand from East Asia
- have been compounded for organic farmers by a shortage of arable land in
Organic grain prices are some
of the highest in Europe. It is expected that the high prices will be felt most
immediately in the pig and poultry sector, which are most dependent on
The price of organic oats reached up to €397 per
tonne last week and feed wheat €356, compared with €319 earlier this summer.
Conventional wheat has gone up even more, from €13 to
â€¢ Soil Association
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