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Organic Farming in Europe - Growth, Policy Support and Future Potential


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Lampkin, Dr Nicolas (2000) Organic Farming in Europe - Growth, Policy Support and Future Potential. In: Proceedings of Organic Foods 2000 Conference, Access Conferences International, London.

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Organic farming is increasingly recognised, by consumers, farmers, environmentalists and policy-makers, as one of a number of possible models for environmental, social and financial sustainability in agriculture. Recent years have seen very rapid growth in the sector. In 1985, certified and policy-supported organic production accounted for just 100,000 ha on 6,300 holdings in the EU, or less than 0.1% of the total utilisable agricultural area (UAA). By the end of 1998, this had increased to more than 2.8 million ha on 113,000 holdings, nearly 2.1% of total UAA, a 30-fold increase in 13 years (Foster and Lampkin, 1999).
This paper discusses factors influencing the growth of organic farming in the EU, including supporting policy measures, and the potential for widespread conversion.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:conversion; policy; growth; Agenda 2000
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: European Union > Effects of the CAP Reform OFCAP
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Deposited By: Lampkin, Dr Nicolas
ID Code:11018
Deposited On:19 Jul 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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