16 January 2003
Supermarkets will be offered "fairly traded" organic produce if a pilot scheme is successful.
The Fairtrade Foundation, the non-profit organisation of 17 countries that aims to guarantee farmers a fair wage, wants to break what it calls the "fear chain" of the global food market.
The Fairtrade mark has, until now, been used solely on goods from the developing world, but the foundation is keen to help farmers worldwide, including those from the UK.
South African grapes are the first organic products certified under the new initiative, backed by the Soil Association.
UK products expected to join the scheme include potatoes, meat and dairy products.