British organic suppliers are being priced out of the UK market as supermarkets and manufacturers find cheaper deals in Europe, according to the Soil Association. As the organic certifying body launched its Organic Food & Farming Report 2001, its leaders said supermarkets were sacrificing the long-term potential of the domestic market to short-term financial gains from sourcing cheaper supplies in Europe. Soil Association chairman Craig Sams said: "Although the organic market is booming, with 33% growth last year, UK producers cannot compete with their European counterparts on price." SA policy advisor and former Greenpeace director Lord Melcheet warned things will get worse for British suppliers: "A massive shortfall in organic feed for animals, and seeds for arable farming is about to be felt in the UK." {{NEWS }}