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Organic principles and research: What implications the new IFOAM principles of organic agriculture?

Davies, G (2006) Organic principles and research: What implications the new IFOAM principles of organic agriculture? In: Atkinson, C; Ball, B; Davies, D H K; Rees, R; Russell, G; Stockdale, E A; Watson, C A; Walker, R and Younie, D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 79-82.

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This paper examines some of the implications of the recently approved IFOAM principles of organic agriculture for organic research programmes. In examining the four principles we ask what types of research processes are likely to be in keeping with the principles, who should have the power to defi ne research agendas, and ultimately who should control the output from research programmes. We argue that participatory research programmes incorporating the values and experiences of wider stakeholder groups (including researchers, farmers and consumers) should be regarded as equally important as other research approaches as they are likely to meet many of the underlying intentions of the principles. We are also led to ask whether organic research is increasingly coming to be regarded as an end in itself, almost something apart from the principles, increasingly remote from the end users and consumers, rather than as part of an on-going process aiming to support and promote the organic movement.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic principles, IFOAM knowledge development, participatory research
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Values, standards and certification
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Research communication and quality
Research affiliation: UK > Garden Organic (HDRA)
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
Deposited By: MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A
ID Code:10188
Deposited On:14 Dec 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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