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Global development of organic agriculture: challenges and prospects.

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This book provides an overview of the potential role of organic agriculture in a global perspective. Initially, the book provides a description of global trends in agriculture followed by discussions on sustainability, globalization and the relatively new concepts of 'ecological justice' and 'political ecology'. Different views on economy and trade are discussed with a focus on ecological economics. Then, the status and possibilities of organic agriculture in developing countries are discussed, including problems of nutrient cycles and soil depletion plus issues on veterinary medicine. Furthermore, organic farming is related to the world food supply. The possibilities of knowledge exchange in organic agriculture are also evaluated and how a large-scale conversion to organic agriculture would impact on food security. Finally, prospects and challenges of organic farming in a globalized world are discussed in a synthesis chapter. This book will be of interest to researchers in organic agriculture, agricultural economics and rural development as well as NGO workers and policy makers. The book has 12 chapters and a subject index.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Global trends in agriculture and food systems. Author(s): Knudsen, M. T. Halberg, N. Olesen, J. E. Byrne, J. Iyer, V. Toly, N.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 49) Globalization and sustainable development: a political ecology strategy to realize ecological justice. Author(s): Byrne, J. Glover, L. Alrøe, H. F.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 75) Organic agriculture and ecological justice: ethics and practice. Author(s): Alrøe, H. F. Byrne, J. Glover, L.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 113) Ecological economics and organic farming. Author(s): Kledal, P. R. Kjeldsen, C. Refsgaard, K. Söderbaum, P.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 135) Organic farming in a world of free trade. Author(s): Bach, C. F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 153) Certified and non-certified organic farming in the developing world. Author(s): Parrott, N. Olesen, J. E. Høgh-Jensen, H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 181) Possibilities for closing the urban-rural nutrient cycles. Author(s): Refsgaard, K. Jenssen, P. D. Magid, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 215) Soil fertility depletion in sub-Saharan Africa: what is the role of organic agriculture? Author(s): Pender, J. Mertz, O.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 241) Sustainable veterinary medical practices in organic farming: a global perspective. Author(s): Vaarst, M. Roderick, S. Byarugaba, D. K. Kobayashi, S. Rubaire-Akiiki, C. Karreman, H. J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 277) The impact of organic farming on food security in a regional and global perspective. Author(s): Halberg, N. Sulser, T. B. Høgh-Jensen, H. Rosegrant, M. W. Knudsen, M. T.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 323) Towards a global research programme for organic food and farming. Author(s): Egelyng, H. Høgh-Jensen, H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 343) Synthesis: prospects for organic agriculture in a global context. Author(s): Halberg, N. Alrøe, H. F. Kristensen, E. S.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Research Centre Foulum, Department of Agro-ecology, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 50, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2006
  • ISBN
  • 9781845930783
  • Record Number
  • 20063090468