Organic Farming: Policies and Prospects by Stephan Dabbert

By Stephan Dabbert

Whereas public nervousness approximately genetically engineered foodstuffs and BSE in livestock has constructed in Europe, at the optimistic aspect there was a speedily emerging call for for natural produce. consequently the natural quarter has moved from a being marginal creation fad to a major topic of coverage trouble for politicians and public servants all in favour of ecu agricultural coverage. during this e-book, 3 prime gurus on natural farming have produced a systematic evaluate for the layperson of the country of natural farming and coverage in the direction of it in Europe. according to a evaluate of a tremendous physique of clinical examine into all elements of the field, the authors offer in available phrases a balanced, updated and policy-relevant evaluate of natural farming this day, review of its attainable contributions to the surroundings, meals caliber, farmers' earning, and rural improvement as a rule, the major elements that may impinge at the natural farming area in destiny, and extra.

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Organic farming, therefore, has developed largely outside the agricultural establishment and its institutions. Indeed, it was initiated by individuals and organisations which are not part of mainstream agriculture. The institutional arrangements of these organisations have clearly influenced the development of organic farming. FARMING_02 30/9/03 4:09 PM Page 29 ORGANIC FARMING IN EUROPE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM . 29 The independent development of organic farming typically passes through the following stages: 1 Opposition: the organic farming sector is established with a specific identity by a diverse coalition of farmers and non-farmers.

By drawing on research groups in different disciplines, it is possible to use their knowledge and expertise in addressing the complex problems of organic farming. Synergistic interactions are encouraged through collaboration between different research environments and the complementary nature of research in organic farming and other disciplines. these services in a client-oriented way – in the case of organic farmers, for example – close links between researchers and their clients must be maintained.

Today, research in organic farming in most countries is intended to improve farm production techniques (Wynen and Vanzetti 1999). A trend towards process issues – food quality, environmental and social consequences, policy development, marketing – and a shift away from technical issues can be observed. 13) (Folli and Nasolini 1995; FARMING_02 30/9/03 4:09 PM Page 31 ORGANIC FARMING IN EUROPE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM . 31 EFRC 1996; Höök 1996; Wynen and Vanzetti 1999; Zerger 1999; Keatinge et al. 2000; Kolbe and Rikabi 2000).

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