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Organic farming policy in the European Union

Padel, Susanne; Lampkin, Nicolas; Dabbert, Stephan and Foster, Carolyn (2002) Organic farming policy in the European Union. In: Hall, D C and Moffitt, L J (Eds.) Economics of Pesticides, Sustainable Food Production and Organic Food Markets. Advances in Economics of Environmental Resources, no. 4. Elsevier, chapter 8, pp. 169-194.

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Organic farming is recognised in the European Union as one possible model to improve the sustainability of agriculture. During the 1990s the sector grew rapidly (to 3% of agricultural area in 2000), caused in part by policy support measures in member states and the EU. The paper summarises the development of the organic sector, discusses reasons for policy support, and reviews the main policy measures at EU and country level in three areas: legislation defining organic production, direct payments and other measures. It concludes that in future the integration of policy measures within countries and at EU level should be improved, in particular through the development of national and European action plans for organic farming.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:sustainability, policy, European Union
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:11015
Deposited On:19 Jul 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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