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Sustainability of Organic Agriculture. Achievements and shortcomings

Scialabba, N.E.-H.; Henderson, E.; Huber, B.; John, M.; Niggli, U. and Savory, A. (2014) Sustainability of Organic Agriculture. Achievements and shortcomings. Workshop at: 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 13-15 October 2014. [Completed]

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IFOAM and FiBL publish global statistics on the Organic World every year. The Organic Sector has grown to over US$ 60 billion in turnover, 1.6 million farmers and 80 million ha of certified land. Non-certified Organic Agriculture is not even included. However, market shares are still low. The present main driver of development of Organic Agriculture is the demand from consumers ready to pay a premium.
After the Organic World Congress 2011, a number of leading organic stakeholders under the initiative of IFOAM built the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN). In the meantime they have described a sustainability vision in a reference document for all who are working in the Organic World. IFOAM plans to bring this document to a membership vote in 2013.
The Organic World has achieved a lot but nonetheless fallen short of fulfilling many expectations. It has faced criticism worldwide, for example in studies and media reports.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Workshop
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Main Track
Deposited By: Hansen, Grethe
ID Code:27953
Deposited On:19 Jan 2015 15:51
Last Modified:20 Jan 2015 11:18
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:2A Organic Visions and Trends. Fish bowl.

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