Organic food in Denmark – from grass root initiative to market niche: potentials and barriers for further sustainable transition

Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

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    Abstract

    The mechanisms in the shaping of organic food in Denmark since the 1970’ies are analysed as a contribution to the discussion of strategies for a more sustainable production and consumption of food. The background is the major achievements in Denmark within organic food since the 1970’ies, but also the recent years’ reduction in the land converted to organic farming. The analyses are based on experiences from projects, analyses and literature and draw on innovation theory and theory about social construction of technology. The analyses show an ongoing interaction between production, consumption/use, knowledge and governmental regulation, where these systems constantly are co-shaping each other. The role of the initial conditions in the shaping of the area is shown. The big Danish pork export and the specialised farms have implied a limited focus on organic pig production and more focus on the milk production, which more easily can be converted into organic farming. Some considerations for organic food as a future environmental strategy are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEnvironmental Engineering and Management Journal
    Volume6
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)381-389
    ISSN1582-9596
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • path creation
    • sustainable development
    • environmental policy
    • sustainable transition
    • organic food

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