The economic performance of organic farms is mixed, with considerable variation in the yields achieved and the premiums received for products within and across OECD countries. This publication reveals that organic agriculture is disadvantaged by current agricultural support policies, and the proliferation of standards and labels has sometimes confused consumers and impeded trade. A key policy challenge is to ensure that both the positive and negative externalities of different agricultural production systems are taken into account.
Table of contents:
Chapter 1. Cover and table of contents Chapter 2. Introduction Chapter 3. Organic Agriculture and the Environment - Overview Chapter 4. Organic Agriculture and the Environment - Case Studies Chapter 5. Econimic and Social Aspects of Organic Agriculture Chapter 6. Marketing and Trading Issues for Organic Products Chapter 7. Issues for Producers of Organic Products Chapter 8. Issues for Consumers of Organic Products Chapter 9. Labelling, Standards and Regulations Chapter 10. Conversion and Support Payments Chapter 11. Reaserch, Information and Communication