Organic mushroom growers are under threat from new EU regulations. Brussels has said that the straw used to grow organic mushrooms must come from organic crops – even though there is not enough to go round in Britain. The rules, due to be phased in over three years from this Autumn, could put hundreds of jobs at risk and cut production of organic mushrooms.
The Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1998, p7
Organic mushrooms must be grown on straw and manure derived through organic methods. However, as at present such straw and manure cannot currently be obtained in sufficient quantities for organic production a transitional period is being introduced to allow producers to adapt to the new requirements. During the transition period, labelling on packages must state the content is non-organic in origin but permitted in organic farming during a transitional period. The length of the transition period may be reviewed in view of any developments with regard to the availability of straw and manure. There is no reason to believe that this should put jobs at risk or cut organic mushroom production.