Organic Targets: Campaign Diary
- August: Second Organic Action Plan launched by Defra
- July : Action Plan to develop organic food and farming in England published
- January 23 - Westminster Central Hall. Rally and lobby of Parliament
- Aug 28 - Organic Action Plan launched
- Aug 13 - Sustain and Soil Association release 'Organic food and farming: myth and reality' report
- July 2 - Co-op releases "Green and pleasant land" report which pledges the Co-op's full backing for the Organic Food and Farming Targets Bill.
- May - Labour Party releases its manifesto, which despite the present farming crisis fails to support organic farmers.
- March 26 - Soil Association Organic Food and Farming Report Launch at International Food Exhibition
- Jan 24 - Agriculture Committee report released which backs an action plan for the organic farming sector
- Dec - Ballot for Private members bills likely to take place. Campaign supporters to write to MPs in the top 10, asking them to take up the Bill in the ballot.
- 29 Nov - 3 Dec - BBC Good Food Show (0870 264 5555)
- Oct - Nov - Oral evidence sessions on inquiry into organic farming by Agriculture Select Committee
- Sept 24 Labour Party Conference.
- Sept 20 Scottish National Party & Plaid Cymru Party Conference.
- Sept 17 Liberal Democrat Party Conference.
- July 28 30 Organic Food and Wine Festival.
- July 21 - Bill fails its Second Reading as it runs out of time
- July 5 - Adjournment debate on organic food and farming in the House of Commons discusses Organic Targets Bill
- July 3 Royal Agricultural Show.
- June 17-24 - Friends of the Earth Real Food Week.
- May 26 June 5 Whitsun Parliamentary recess.
- May 20 - Elm Farm Research Centre Open Day.
- May onwards - postcard campaign targeting MPs.
- May 5 The Bill's Second Reading fails due to lack of time, but a new date is set.
- April continuing Over 60 organisations sign up to the Bill, including environmental and health charities, trades unions, research organisations and supermarkets.
- March 3 The Bill is put forward for its Second Reading, backed by over 200 MPs. It does not take place as time runs out, but a new date is set.
- Feb 1 Tony Blair, speaking at the National Farmers Union AGM, calls for a trebling of organic production by 2006 the first sign of a Government commitment to targets.
- Jan Presentations by Steering Group and Robin Harper MSP to Scottish MSPs leads to formation of Scottish Campaign.
- Dec Steering Group of the Organic Targets Bill campaign contact MPs to encourage them to sign the EDM.
- Nov Joan Ruddock MP tables Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of the Bill.
- Nov Paul Tyler MP adopts Bill after he is drawn in the ballot.
- Oct 19th 1999 Organic Food & Farming Targets Bill launched.
- Oct 26 Bill presented to House of Commons.
- Oct 23 - MPs back from recess, re-table Early Day Motion. The number of the EDM will change
- Oct 21 - Apple Day, Targets Bill Days of Action (http://www.commonground.org.uk/)
- Oct 19-20 - Food Safety in Europe Conference (http://www.foodsafetyeurope.com/)
- Oct 16 UN World Food Day
- Oct 7/8 - Potato Day at HDRA.
- Oct 6 8 - Pesticides Action Network European Conference, including workshop on organic targets, Bonn
- Oct 3 - Fringe Question Time event 'Organics: the future of farming?' 6-7.45pm, De Vere Suite, Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth
- Oct 2 Conservative Party Conference
- Oct 1999 - Soil Association Organic Harvest Month