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In Principle and In Practice

Phillips, Dr Catherine and Sanders, Mr Richard (Eds.) (2007) In Principle and In Practice. The Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm. Proceedings of Organic Producers Conference, Cirencester, UK, 11th-12th December 2006. [Unpublished]

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A conference for organic producers to debate the future development and direction of the UK organic sector.
Over two days at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester some 170 delegates set about analysing the state of their movement and plotted a remedial course. In doing so a new mood of optimism was tangible. The strength of the conference lay in the “self help” nature of its organisation, put together by a network of groups and individuals to address technical and policy matters. The slide away from principles, uneven application of standards, incomes under pressure, business survival, poor and patchy representation were all on the agenda.
Launched at the conference was a new organic poultry body – CROP, the campaign for real organic poultry, modelled to some degree on the real ale group CAMRA. Horticultural growers too came together in the re-launch of the Organic Growers Association (OGA).
But the products of Cirencester far exceed the launch of CROP and the new OGA. A new coherence of thought has been achieved, new confidence instilled that individual producers can make a difference. The message is - don’t be swept along in a tide of globalised industrialisation. Organic is different. It has to break the conventional mode, not let conventional break it.


EPrint Type:Proceedings
Keywords:organic principles, producers,
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
Related Links:http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/manage/authincludes/article_uploads/grabbing%20back%20control.doc
Deposited By: Phillips, Dr Catherine
ID Code:10910
Deposited On:25 Jun 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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