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The future of organic grassland farming in mountainous regions of Central Europe

Steinwidder, Andreas; Schneider, Manuel; Wachendorf, Michael; Starz, Walter and Pötsch, Erich M. (2011) The future of organic grassland farming in mountainous regions of Central Europe. In: Grassland Farming and Land Management Systems in Mountainous Regions. Proceedings of the 16th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Organising Committee of the 16th Symposium of the EGF 2011 and Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein 8952 Irdning, Austria , Grassland Science in Europe, no. 16, pp. 286-296.

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8 % of the total EU population lives in mountainous areas which represent a particularly important eco-region in Central Europe. Because of ecological, climatic and economic reasons an increasing pressure is imposed upon agriculture. Hence in large parts of European mountainous
areas drastic changes in agricultural structure and land use systems can be observed in terms of emigration and land abandonment. Due to disadvantaged production conditions, and the high ecological sensitivity, organic farming is an important option for a sound regional development. In alpine regions organic farming does not proceed in a homogeneous way. One essential reason for that could be seen in the differences of national and regional “traditions and orientations” and supporting tools. For a positive development it is necessary to work on further integration of organic farming in regional development concepts (e.g. organic regions) and on the development of the “quality leadership” through cross-regional production, marketing and merchandising concepts. Undisputedly, further positive development of organic farming in mountainous regions depends on ongoing financial, research and advisory support.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming, alpine regions, agriculture, regional development, quality leadership
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: Austria > HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
Switzerland > Agroscope
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources
Deposited By: Steinwidder, Priv. Doz. Dr. Andreas
ID Code:19338
Deposited On:01 Sep 2011 14:10
Last Modified:02 Sep 2011 07:53
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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