Paull, John (2007) Certified Organic Forests & Timber: the Hippocratic Opportunity. In: Proceedings ANZSEE Conference, ANZSEE (Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics), 2007, pp. 1-14.
Organic farming was proposed in 1940 by Lord Northbourne as a response to chemical agriculture. Since then, organic agriculture has developed into an international A$50 billion industry with annual growth reported up to 30%. Currently it is one of the fastest growing food sectors with demand exceeding supply in many markets, and price premiums averaging 80% in Australia. With economic, and now environmental, incentives for planting trees, there is the opportunity, and even imperative, for a new silviculture category that embraces the precepts of organic agriculture. There are environmental, economic and ethical issues with carbon offset programmes that seek to reduce, or erase, the carbon footprint of an activity, while collaterally increasing the pesticide footprint; this may be a Faustian bargain. Certified Organic Forestry standards have made a tentative start with a modest uptake. Organic forestry offers a clean green, rather than a dirty green, option for carbon offsets, and can appeal to those inclined to a precautionary principle rather than a postcautionary principle approach. As consumers who are already familiar with the premises and promises of organic food and agriculture are attracted to carbon offsetting, this customer group has the potential to drive demand for Certified Organic Forestry. Moving beyond the current chemical forestry and silviculture standards to an organic silviculture presents a matrix of new opportunities, implications, impediments and even stakeholders.
|EPrint Type:||Conference paper, poster, etc.|
|Type of presentation:||Paper|
|Keywords:||certified organic forestry, forest, timber, forestry standards, carbon offsets, precautionary principle, postcautionary principle, Hippocrates, climate change, clean green, dirty green, FSC, carbon neutral, pesticide neutral, Debio, Naturland, IFOAM|
|Subjects:|| Environmental aspects|
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
|Research affiliation:||Australia > Australian National University|
|Deposited By:||Paull, Dr John|
|Deposited On:||16 Jul 2007|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2010 07:35|
|Refereed:||Peer-reviewed and accepted|
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