Scottish Organic Action Plan

Organic Ambitions: An Action Plan for organic food and farming in Scotland 2016 – 2020

What is the Scottish Organic Action Plan (OAP)?

An organic action plan (OAP) for Scotland (Organic Futures) was produced in 2011 and later revised in 2013. The aim was to strengthen Scotland’s organic food sector so that it can make a more significant contribution to Scotland’s food and drink economy. The Scottish Organic Forum is now working on a major revision of the plan - Organic Ambitions: An Action Plan for organic food and farming in Scotland 2016 – 2020.

Why is the Scottish Organic Forum (SOF) revising the Scottish Organic Action Plan?

The proposed revision will take account of changing economic and regulatory positions, and:

  • be set in the wider context of new Scottish Government policy (“Becoming a Good Food Nation”), together with the new CAP pillar II priorities
  • engage with a wider community of stakeholders
  • develop new and enhance existing partnerships

What is SOF doing to prepare for the revised OAP?

Identify stakeholders who can benefit from the Scottish OAP and demonstrate to them why and how they will benefit.

Stakeholder consultation was conducted through questionnaires for key stakeholder groups; farmers, consumers, wildlife groups and many others, and a series of consultation meetings.

When will the new OAP be launched?

The SOF is preparing to launch Organic Ambitions: An Action Plan for organic food and farming in Scotland 2016 – 2020 on 27 January 2016.

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What is the Scottish Organic Forum (SOF)?

An industry-led body who want to: strengthen and promote Scotland's organic food and drink supply chain through collaboration. The SOF meets quarterly.

Current members of the SOF: Soil Association Scotland, Scottish Organic Producers Association, Organic Growers Alliance, Caledonian Organics, Scottish Organic Milk Producers, Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society, Scotland’s Rural College, SAC Consulting and The Scottish Government.

Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

(International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)

Gallery: Celebrating 'Organic Ambitions' at the Scottish Parliament, 28 January 2016.