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Understanding the development of organic agriculture in Flanders(Belgium): A discourse analytical approach

De Cock, Lieve; Dessein, Joost and de Krom, Michiel P. (2016) Understanding the development of organic agriculture in Flanders(Belgium): A discourse analytical approach. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 79, pp. 1-10.

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Despite a fast-growing national consumer market for organic products and active governmental support for organic agriculture, organic production in Flanders has shown little growth since the late 1990s. Our discourse analytical approach offers important insights into the causes of the limited organic pro-duction capacity in Flanders complementary to more common political-institutional or actor-oriented perspectives. Our analysis reveals that for decades, a competition between two mutually exclusive organicfarming discourses has hindered a collaborative effort to contribute to a growth of the organic agricultural sector by conventional and organic agricultural communities, agricultural policy makers, and food market actors. Such collaboration however, proves to be necessary to stimulate a substantial growth inorganic production in a region like Flanders (Belgium). Our results suggest that facilitating the acceptance of non-competitive discourses across agricultural, political and food market stakeholders is vitalto support the development of organic agriculture. By revealing the added value of discourse analysisin clarifying agro-food developments, the paper supports an adoption of multiple research approaches when studying dynamics of change in the multi-dimensional fields of agriculture and food provision.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:discursive dynamics, policy,food market, Flanders
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Belgium
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation:Belgium > University Ghent (UGent) – (Ghent)
Belgium > Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) - (Merelbeke)
Belgium > University Ghent (UGent) – (Ghent) > Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Belgium > Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) - (Merelbeke) > Unit Social Sciences
Deposited By: De Cock, Lieve
ID Code:35125
Deposited On:22 Mar 2019 10:32
Last Modified:02 Apr 2019 15:18
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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