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China's Organic Revolution

Paull, John (2008) China's Organic Revolution. In: Bhaskaran, S. and Mohanty, Suchitra (Eds.) Marketing of Organic Products: Global Experiences. The Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, chapter 17, pp. 260-275.

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Agriculture in China is at the onset of an Organic 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:Book chapter
Keywords:China, organic farming, organic agriculture, China Green Food Development Centre, China Green Food Development Center, CGFDC, State Environment Protection Administration, SEPA, Ministry of Agriculture, MOA, green food, hectares,Dongan, IFOAM, F H King, food production statistics, AusVeg.
Subjects:"Organics" in general
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Food systems
Food systems > Markets and trade
Values, standards and certification
Food systems > Produce chain management
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > China
Research affiliation:Australia > University of Tasmania
Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:14846
Deposited On:14 Oct 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Originally published in the Journal of Organic Systems, 2007, 2(1):1-11

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