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Why regionality is an important value in organic agriculture: the case of the Netherlands

de Wit, Jan; Verhoog, Henk and Prins, Udo (2006) Why regionality is an important value in organic agriculture: the case of the Netherlands. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Organic agriculture is a system of production and consumption in which values play a prominent role. The new IFOAM principles reflect the current worldwide consensus on the most important values of organic agriculture. Regionality or proximity is not explicitly mentioned in these principles. Also in the present EU-regulation on organic agriculture hardly any standards are formulated concerning this issue. On the other hand, some private organic labels do have extra standards - concerning for instance the origin of organic feed - while both producers and consumers of organic products often mention regional production as an important value. The question is whether, and if so why regionality is an important issue to be dealt with in the upcoming reformed EU-regulation on organic agriculture. To answer this question, the consequences are evaluated of the de-velopment of intensive, large-scale organic animal production in the Netherlands in the light of the value of regionality.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Values, standards and certification
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 3: What should be the rule?
Deposited By: de Wit, Ir. Jan
ID Code:7319
Deposited On:10 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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