Making the UK supply chain for organics more efficient will be a key concern for DEFRA's new organic stakeholder forum, which was launched at Tony Blair's food summit last month and met for the first time this week. Thirteen organic experts, including representatives from two organic certification bodies, the IGD and Food and Drink Federation, are due to report on ways to promote a sustainable organic industry in the UK in July. Their feedback will be used as the government prepares to publish its action plan on sustainable food and farming in September. FDF deputy director general Martin Paterson said: "The FDF will bring to the table a realisation of the importance of the processing sector in organics. Any plan must include proposals on improving the competitiveness of the chain through efficiencies." Forum member Catherine Fookes said: "We will meet monthly and write papers on the issues facing organics." {{NEWS }}