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Better Organic Business Links project to support sustainable development of businesses

Sue Fowler, Director of Organic Centre Wales said: “Businesses that understand their impact on the environment can plan their activities so that they use fewer resources or use them more efficiently. This will improve their sustainability and help them cope with the price rises that tend to accompany resource constraints.”

“This tender is divided into four lots so that we can develop and select the most appropriate tool for different sectors. The successful bidder(s) will work with, and provide mentoring to, businesses in targeted organic supply chains.”

“Supporting the sustainable development of organic businesses in Wales is central to the objectives of the BOBL project. This includes helping all parts of the organic supply chain to monitor their ecological footprint and improve the performance of their business over time. To date most footprinting has focussed on carbon because of the importance of oil and climate change. The principle of footprinting is however important to all raw materials that a business depends on.”



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Dafydd Owen, Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth University SY23 3EB.
Tel. 01970 622248, e-mail odo@aber.ac.uk.

Notes for the editor
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

2. BOBL is an Organic Centre Wales project and is funded under the Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme as part of the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Plan. The project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project will develop new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at all levels, within the supply chain. The overall aim is to support a thriving Welsh organic sector so that the benefits of WAG investment in the Organic Farming Scheme to generate agri-environmental benefits, and in the Welsh Organic Action Plan to support rural development and sustainable food production, can be fully realised.

3. A farmer's guide to carbon footprint calculators
This guide, produced as part the OCW project Better Organic Business Links, helps farmers understand carbon footprint calculators, enabling them to make informed choice about which of the many systems available is most appropriate for their purpose and farming system.
Read online
http://www.organiccentrewales.org.uk/uploads/carbcalcfarmer_guidea4.pdf

4. Lot titles
Lot 1: Red meat (subdivided into supermarket and non-supermarket supply chain)
Lot 2: Fossil fuel dependency in organic supply chains
Lot 3: Establishing sustainable horticultural/arable supply chains
Lot 4: Micro businesses

5. The work has been advertised on the Sell2Wales website. All documents can be downloaded from the web page below:
https://www.sell2wales.co.uk/notices/display.html?NoticeId=24461

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