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Ethical oriented activities going beyond organic standards in European enterprises/farms from different theoretical perspectives

Gössinger, Katharina; Hametter, Monika and Freyer, Bernhard (2009) Ethical oriented activities going beyond organic standards in European enterprises/farms from different theoretical perspectives. In: Sarapatka, Borivoj (Ed.) Bioacademy 2009 - Proceedings 2nd Scientific Conference. Organic Farming - A Response to Economic and Environmental Challenges, pp. 75-79.

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This article deals with ethical activities that are going beyond the organic regulations (referred to as 'organicPlus' in this study) and their communication strategies practised by organic farms and enterprises. The results are based on a qualitative survey of 100 organic small and medium-sized enterprises/farms in five European countries. Their engagement can be perceived in a certain sense as an opposite trend of the ongoing conventionalisation process in the organic sector. The organicPlus activities are related to the three classical sustainability dimensions extended by a cultural dimension. All enterprises/farms represent unique approaches with more or less professional communication strategies and a local or regional orientation. Therefore they have the potential to contribute to social capital, to build new local networks and to influence local structures. The organicPlus activities and the communication arguments are diverse as well as the motivations behind them. Open questions are if these organicPlus activities have the potential to contribute to a change of values and organic practices in the national and international context.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Communication arguments, differentiation process, ethical values, marketing
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > FCP
Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien > Sustainable Agr. Systems - IfÖL
Deposited By: Gössinger, Mag. Katharina
ID Code:18736
Deposited On:02 May 2011 10:44
Last Modified:04 May 2011 09:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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