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Sociological perspectives of organic agriculture: from pioneer to policy.

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This book focuses on the contributions that organic farming offers to wider social change. It considers the role of all those involved in creating an organic sector. By providing a range of quantitative and qualitative analyses of organic 'farm-to-fork' networks, the book shows how the way organic farming is practiced holds the potential for changes in industry structure - changes that may well fo...

Chapter 1 (Page no: 18)

What farmers' markets say about the post-organic movement in Ireland.

This chapter defines and delineates the organic movement in Ireland today and the institutional and commercial pressures it faces, and maps out the resistances to these pressures as shown by the emergence of farmers' markets. The chapter discusses whether the term 'post-organic' has both descriptive and explanatory power for understanding the organic movement in Ireland, and ultimately concludes that in an historical context the concept of the post-organic is an ongoing dynamic of power-resistance.

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Chapter: 3 (Page no: 56) Fertile minds and friendly pens: early women pioneers. Author(s): Schmitt, M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 70) Motivations and values: a means-end chain study of French consumers. Author(s): Sirieix, L. Alessandrin, A. Persillet, V.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 88) A conceptual model of willingness to pay for organic food in the UK. Author(s): Holt, G. C.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 107) Motorcyclists in the USA and the UK: risk perception of local and organic food. Author(s): Scholten, B. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 126) Has organic farming modernized itself out of business? Reverting to conventional methods in Denmark. Author(s): Kaltoft, P. Risgaard, M. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 142) Conventionalization in the Australian organic industry: a case study of the Darling Downs Region. Author(s): Jordan, S. Shuji, H. Izawa, R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 157) Auditing sustainability: the impact of EurepGAP in New Zealand. Author(s): Campbell, H. McLeod, C. Rosin, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 174) Emerging scared: an analysis of socioeconomic data on conversion in South Africa. Author(s): Niemeyer, K. B. Lombard, J. P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 195) Is there a female principle in organic farming? An interpretation of data for Norway. Author(s): Bjørkhaug, H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 210) The paradox of diffusion of organic farming: a case study in Denmark. Author(s): Noe, E.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 227) Regional rural development: the formation of ecoregions in Austria. Author(s): Schermer, M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 243) Rural social development: small-scale horticulture in São Paulo, Brazil. Author(s): Bellon, S. Abreu, L. S. de
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 260) Public sector procurement: organic school meals in Denmark. Author(s): Dahl, A. Kristensen, N. H.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 272) National agricultural policy: the German Agrarwende. Author(s): Schafer, M. Ulmer, H. Engel, A. Kantelhardt, J. Heissenhuber, A.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 284) Sociological perspectives of organic research: to policy and beyond. Author(s): Holt, G. C. Reed, M. J.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Centre for Sustainability, Business Innovation Centre, Sligo Institute of Technology, Ballinode, Sligo, Irish Republic.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2006
  • ISBN
  • 9781845930387
  • Record Number
  • 20063139867