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China's Organic Revolution

Paull, John (2007) China's Organic Revolution. Journal of Organic Systems, 2 (1), pp. 1-11.

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China is at the onset of an organic agriculture revolution. From 2000 to 2006, China has moved from 45th to 2nd position in the world in number of hectares under organic management. China now has more land under organic horticulture than any other country. In the year 2005/2006, China added 12% to the world’s organic area. This accounted for 63% of the world’s annual increase in organic land, and China now has 11% of the world’s organically managed land. The antecedents to China’s Organic Revolution are examined, and reveal further growth potential in the Chinese organic sector. Longitudinal analysis of China’s food production statistics reveals explosive growth, and the consequent capacity for export has implications for food exporting nations. China has adopted an innovative path, via Green Food, towards achieving an organic future. This transition strategy may be a model for other countries seeking a rapid expansion of organics. Food exporting countries can expect in future to have their chemi-agricultural produce competing with certified organic produce of China.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Green Food, China, ecological agriculture, State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China Green Food Development Centre (CGFDC), Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), China, certification, logos, green food, no-public-harm food, innovation, offsets, conversion, transition, revolution.
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > China
Research affiliation:Australia > University of Tasmania
Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:10949
Deposited On:27 Jun 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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