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Multicriteria Assessment and Communication of Effects of Organic Food Systems

Kastberg, Peter (2014) Multicriteria Assessment and Communication of Effects of Organic Food Systems. ICROFS news, 2014, 1, pp. 6-8.

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Organic agriculture is an alternative food system based on consumer trust and credibility. Consumers buy organic goods and citizens and politician support organics, to some degree, because they believe it is a better alternative. And they believe this because the organic form of production seeks to meet many considerations for society, nature and environment. The possibilities for growth in organic agriculture therefore depends on whether it, overall, makes a credible and attractive alternative, and whether the development of organics is positive with regard to organic principles and the key societal goals for environment, health and welfare. It is, however, extremely difficult to determine whether a specific technological, management or organizational development is positive or negative, overall. In other words, if we want to assess and evaluate organic food systems (or aspects thereof) it becomes evident that it is indeed not possible to base such an assessment solely on one criterion. We need multiple criteria; there are however, no established methods with which to conduct overall, multicriteria assessments or organic food systems.

EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Subjects: Farming Systems
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 1 > MultiTrust
Deposited By: Kastberg, Dr Peter
ID Code:25596
Deposited On:10 Apr 2014 09:55
Last Modified:10 Feb 2015 11:26
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:Formidlende opsamlingsartikel

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