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Policy-relevant research and integrative indicators in the conversion to organic farming

Mata, Macarena; Longhurst, Phil; Seaton, Roger and Garrido, Marisol (2002) Policy-relevant research and integrative indicators in the conversion to organic farming. In: Powell, Jane and et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 329-330.

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This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. Council Regulation 2092/91 specifies the general standards for the production methods of organic products in Europe. The criteria for the conversion process assessment, though, are largely defined by the national Certification Bodies. Assessment indicators mostly used are (a) type of agricultural practices (whether within organic standards or not) and (b) pollution in soil or produce. However, the conversion process is complex and its aims go beyond the achievement of soil fertility as indicated by these indicators. Soil health and socio-economic indicators need to be essential elements in the organic farming regulation policy. The research reported here (partial result of a four-years Ph.D. research) applies policy-relevant research to identifying conversion process aims within a systems perspective, as well as integrative indicators to assess and monitor soil health. In this paper, only the research on soil health indicators is shown.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; policy; research; soil health; indicators; conversion
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
Sweden > Other organizations
Spain > Other organizations
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8445
Deposited On:11 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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