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Strengthening the positive links between organic farming and a sustainable development of rural areas

Knickel, Dr Karlheinz; von Münchhausen, Dr Susanne and Peter, Sarah (2006) Strengthening the positive links between organic farming and a sustainable development of rural areas. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Organic farming can play a major role in the sustainable development of rural areas. Our assumption is that it supports the finding of a new balance between societal demands for high environmental quality, the pressures resulting from competition in a world market economy and a wide array of rural development goals and initiatives. The German 'Regional Action - Rural Areas Shaping the Future' pilot programme has been implemented in order to gain best-practice models for securing the economic, ecological and social viability of rural areas and for trial-testing a new integrated, bottom-up approach. In this contribution we present the results of an analysis of the project databank of the Regional Action pilot programme. It is concluded that the projects that are being implemented aim at a reconstitution of nature-society relations, indicating that agriculture and the potential of rural areas are no longer being evaluated in mono-functional terms.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Food systems > Produce chain management
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 1: Research in sustainable systems
Germany > Universität Frankfurt > Institute for Rural Development Research - IfLS
Deposited By: Knickel, Dr Karlheinz
ID Code:8178
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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