§ Andrew George
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Departments life cycle environmental analysis of the production and consumption of organic foodstuffs by type. 
§ Mr. Meacher
[holding answer 7 May 2003]: No such analysis has been carried out. However the Department is preparing a fully referenced study analysing the environmental impacts of organic farming. And we have commissioned studies on particular aspects of the impacts of organic farming, for example the impact on the rural economy, on biodiversitty and on energy use.