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Policy goals regarding the organic sector in Finland

Risku-Norja, Helmi (2014) Policy goals regarding the organic sector in Finland. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 263-266.

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As a policy impact research, a number of relevant national policy documents were examined in order to clarify justification and proposed measures in support of organic food and their linkage to the sustainability strivings. The implementation of the goals is discussed by considering the published data on the use of organic food within the public catering sector.
Despite the clearly articulated policy aim to increase the use of organic food within the public catering sector as the path breaker, expanding the use of organic food in professional kitchens has proved to be a very slow process. Several reasons are identified in the policy documents. In a sparsely populated country like Finland, the availability and delivery problems are accentuated in addition to the price constraints.
Organic food is largely a political decision, and its adoption requires determined will. With the loose articulation in the policy documents, the municipal authorities are in key position, whether or not organic food is favored. The option for organic food should be considered in formulating food policy as part of the comprehensive municipal development strategies. Attention needs to be paid to the research results dealing with environmental and human wellbeing interpreted in terms of own situation. It is important to involve the local practical actors in developing the food sector by appreciating the caterers’ expertise and the customers’ experiences regarding the various quality aspects.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:food policy aims, organic food, policy document analysis, public catering sector, implementation
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Finland
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > HealthyGrowth
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
Deposited By: Risku-Norja, Dr Helmi
ID Code:25156
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 11:42
Last Modified:03 Nov 2014 13:08
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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