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Organics Olympiad 2007 - Perspectives on the Global State of Organic Agriculture

Paull, John (2007) Organics Olympiad 2007 - Perspectives on the Global State of Organic Agriculture. Paper at: AGRI-FOOD XIV, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 25 -29 November, 2007. [Unpublished]

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Organic food has been described as the world’s fastest growing food sector, and many countries have now set targets for conversion to Organic Agriculture. The stated goal of the organic movement is the adoption worldwide of Organic Agriculture. That task has a long path to travel, with Organic Agriculture currently accounting for 1.8% of worldwide agricultural land. One strategy for success in any endeavour, is: find out who "the winners” are, identify what they are doing, and do that; and there is a corollary to this maxim. Which countries are leaders in the adoption of Organic Agriculture? In the absence of a single comprehensive index of organic-ness, this paper identifies 12 indices of organic-ness, and presents the leadership by country, for each of these indices. A portmanteau-index of overall organics leadership is examined. Based on longitudinal data, projections are presented for future Organic Agriculture scenarios, and they indicate that under the historic worldwide rates of organic uptake, then all agricultural land would be converted to organic within 27 years under the scenario of compound increase, and in 584 years under the scenario of arithmetic increase.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic agriculture, organic farming, organics, leaders, leadership, global, future scenarios, projections, statistics, growth, China, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Latvia, USA.
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > United States
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Australia
"Organics" in general > History of organics
"Organics" in general > Country reports > World
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Europe
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Africa
"Organics" in general > Country reports > China
"Organics" in general
Food systems > Markets and trade
"Organics" in general > Country reports > European Union
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Asia
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:12892
Deposited On:03 Dec 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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