Organic Rules and Certification

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In UK the organic agricultural area of 660200 ha constituted 3.78% of the total farmed area, and the number of certified organic farmers, (5506) constituted 1.84% of the total number of farmers in 2007

The certification chain consists of the following bodies:

1 competent authority

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

1 accreditation body

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service

0 control authorities
9 private control bodies

Soil Asscoation Certification Ltd (4582 organic operators, of wich 2651 farmers)

Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) (450 organic operators, of wich 411 farmers)

Quality Welsh Food Certification Ltd (QWFC) (507 organic operators, of wich 489 farmers)

Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd. (OF&G) (1690 organic operators, of wich 1464 farmers)

The Organic Food Federation (529 organic operators, of wich 217 farmers)

Bio-dynamic Agriculture Association (BDDA) (223 organic operators, of wich 140 farmers)

Organic Trust Ltd. (16 organic operators, of wich 10 farmers)

Irish Organic Farmer and Growers Assocation (24 organic operators, of wich 21 farmers)

Asisco Ltd (96 organic operators, of wich 70 farmers)

0 public standards owners
1 private standards owner

Soil Association (4344 operators)

Certification costs of organic farmers may be subsidized by the following authority

The Scottish Government, Director General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services

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