Archived site section

Please note that the content on this page has been archived and is not actively reviewed at present.


  • 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 (
  • Oct 19-20 - Food Safety in Europe Conference (
  • 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

Organic Sector Development: We are helping to bring the organic message to the UK consumer with the Organic. Naturally Different campaign.

The Green House
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9DA

020 3559 6777

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

© Sustain 2024
Registered charity (no. 1018643)
Data privacy & cookies