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Cost driver in the organic meat market in Germany - specific problem of the organic sector?

Beukert, Christoph; Simons, Johannes and Hartmann, Monika (2005) Cost driver in the organic meat market in Germany - specific problem of the organic sector? Paper at: Researching Sustainable Systems - International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, September 21-23, 2005. [Unpublished]

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High prices for organic meat and meat products in Germany are caused especially by small scale production schemes and the special behaviour of the market participants. Special requirements for organic production systems play a minor role. The German market for organic meat is a co-ordinated market with restricted access, as an analysis based on expert interviews shows. Prevalent forms of co-ordination are contract production and the pooling of output and prices. Due to this situation, the margin between the producer and the consumer price is higher than on a competitive market. But the conditions on organic markets are changing as it becomes more difficult to restrict market access. For the future, the generation of demand could help to overcome the problems of this market. Existing networks in the organic meat market could be used to co-ordinate necessary activities.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic meat market, cost driver, economies of scale
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/4013/, http://www.isofar.org/adelaide2005, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/int-conf-isofar-2005.html
Deposited By: ISOFAR,
ID Code:4505
Deposited On:03 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The paper presented here is the final paper submitted by the authors to the conference Researching Sustainable Systems.
The final edited papers are available with the following publication:
Köpke, Ulrich; Niggli, Urs; Neuhoff, Daniel; Cornish, Peter; Lockeretz, Willie und Willer, Helga, (Hrsg.) (2005) Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), 21 – 23 September 2005, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o Institute of Organic Agriculture (IOL), DE-University of Bonn. http://orgprints.org/4013/
Distribution: Paper copies may be ordered from FiBL at a cost of 28 Euros plus mailing costs (see FiBL shop at http://www.fibl.org/shop); FiBL order number 1394. A PDF version is available free of charge for ISOFAR members via the member area of www.isofar.org.

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