An MSP is calling on Scottish schools to include more organic food in their menus.
Sarah Boyack, MSP for Edinburgh Central and Labour’s spokesperson for the environment, highlighted research showing the environmental and health benefits of organic produce, reports the Scotsman.
She wants public sector organisations to open up to organic providers and said there should be targets for increasing the use of both organic and local food.
Ms Boyack said: ‘Schools and hospitals and the public sector generally have huge purchasing power, but at the moment it’s just very big farmers and retailers who get access to that market.’
Responding to her comments, a Scottish government spokesperson commented: ‘Within procurement guidelines, public sector organisations can specify methods of production in order to procure the best product.’
Organic farming massively limits the use of pesticides and fertilisers on crops, while animals are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers that characterises intensive farming.