N. Halberg, A. Muller: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods
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Aside from the Green Revolution, perhaps no other contemporary food or agricultural movement has had as much impact on the way we produce food as the organic agriculture (OA) movement. Global sales of organic produce have increased remarkably, nearly tripling from 2000 to 2009, reaching a value of US$ 55 billion. This increase is driven largely by consumers, who seek alternatives for reasons of personal and ecological health, about which information is largely intuitive or available in media sources widely accessible to the public. However, the rapid rise of OA has also led to a state of confusion for all but the most nuanced devotees. What exactly is OA? Can OA actually meet global food demand? Is organic consumption confined to wealthy individuals in wealthier countries? Additionally, one question in particular often remains unanswered in the literature: have organic family farmers benefitted from this boom in organic foods or have profits gone elsewhere?
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