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Organic farmers are now allowed to sell their produce to the public through local farmers markets, and are being allowed to deliver it to people in their own local community.
Organic farming is a trend, with organic farmers producing up to 50 per cent of their food on-site, compared to less than 20 per cent in the US.
The changes come after farmers markets across the UK saw their number of organic farmers plummet in recent years.
Organic farmers have also been able to sell to supermarkets through the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, in the past, but the company said that was because the food was too expensive to buy at the time.
Farmers markets are now open to all, and all farmers are welcome to take part, Tesca said.
“The new policy allows farmers to sell organic produce in a local community where there is a large market of people, including farmers, and where organic food has been locally grown and sold by the community,” it said.
Organic food sales are already legal in many areas of the UK, including parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Farmers are now expected to be able to deliver their produce from the farm to customers in their local area, but Tesco said it would be up to local authorities to decide where they can sell their organic produce.
It said that the policy would “support organic farmers’ growing businesses” in “the growing number of markets, markets, supermarkets and food processing stores offering organic produce and services”.
The UK’s organic food sector is expected to grow by over 1,000 per cent to £18.5bn in the next five years, according to the British Food Marketing Association (BFMA), as organic food sales have grown from about 30,000 tonnes in 2010 to more than 300,000 in 2016.
Tesco is now offering a wide range of organic products in its stores, including organic fruit and veg, organic nuts, seeds and vegetables.
Farmers market organic foods at Tesco’s organic grocery store in Cardiff, Wales, March 2017.