From alternative Agriculture to the Food Industry: The Need for Changes in Food Policy

Thorkild Nielsen, Niels Heine Kristensen

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    Issue: The development of organic agriculture has developed bottom-up, emerging from the 'counterculture' characterized by organic farmers, environmentalists and 'political' consumers. National authorities and supranationalinstitutions have responded by establishing rules and control systems for organic agriculture over the last decade.Organic food production is now developing fast in some EU member states. This recent development is not only marked by more positive attitudes towards organic products from the food industry but also by an increasing need for a matching response in terms of food policy. Relevance: The EU regulation 2092/91/EEC is mainly focused on organic agriculture, but as the food industryenters this field the need emerges for a more specific interpretation, development and implementation of the organic principles and methods in processing, handling and distribution. Whether the development of EU regulations will meet future consumer demands will be of great importance.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalIPTS Report
    Pages (from-to)20-25
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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