07 Jun '11, 1pm
Alan Schofield: 'You don't have to be certified to be organic'
It was as important to us, as it was the Soil Association, that some form of liaison was started again. The Soil Association does have its roots within a farmer/grower community and we wanted to get that back. They were very open to this and a committee of sorts was proposed, we were reluctant: committees can be akin to throwing money at a problem, i.e. often ineffectual. Nowadays, it is well recognised that the OGA is certainly not a threat, especially during things like consultations - I think we have come to be seen as much more of an asset. We are able to act as a bridge - we can offer a unified representation of the diversity of voices within the grower community.