Organic Food

Consumers’ Choices and Farmers’ Opportunities

  • Maurizio Canavari
  • Kent D. Olson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sector’s Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edi Defrancesco, Luca Rossetto
      Pages 3-16
  3. The Producer’s Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Maurizio Canavari, Rino Ghelfi, Kent D. Olson, Sergio Rivaroli
      Pages 31-45
    3. Paul R. Mahoney, Kent D. Olson, Paul M. Porter, David R. Huggins, Catherine A. Perillo, R. Kent Crookston
      Pages 65-81
    4. Carlo Pirazzoli, Nicola Stanzani, Alessandro Palmieri, Roberta Centonze, Maurizio Canavari
      Pages 83-91
  4. The Consumers’ Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Riccardo Scarpa, Fiorenza Spalatro, Maurizio Canavari
      Pages 115-124
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Silvia Novelli
      Pages 143-156
    4. *Carolyn Dimitri, Luanne Lohr
      Pages 157-167
  5. Recent Developments and Future Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Maurizio Canavari
      Pages 171-183
    3. Kent D. Olson
      Pages 185-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-197

About these proceedings


Consumers’ attention to food safety issues and environmental issues has increased overwhelmingly in recent decades because of their increased concern about their own health, the environment’s health, and the crises and emergencies reported worldwide. Once the only option, organic agriculture has always been a production option followed by at least a few farmers all over the world. These farmers were prompted by ethical and environmental motivations, as well as by committed consumers who supported organic agriculture thanks to a separate but fairly elitist distribution channel. Organic food now has become a viable alternative for an increasing number of consumers that are worried about the presence of chemicals residues and the negative consequences on the environment caused by intensive production methods. Many farmers also now see organic farming as a way to stabilize or even increase their income due to public policy support and growing market demand.

Organic Food: Consumers' Choices and Farmers' Opportunities gives an overview of the organic sector, both in Italy and in the United States, and demonstrates how agricultural economists are performing analyses dealing with organic produce on different points in the supply chain. It deals with economic issues raised by organic farming and takes into account both the consumer's needs and the managerial and budget constraints experienced by the farmers. Also farm management methodologies and marketing analyses are used with specific research topics involving several industries in the agri-food sector.


About the Editors:

Maurizio Canavari is an Associate Professor in the University of Bologna’s Department of Agrarian Economy and Engineering.

Kent D. Olson is a Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics.


Organic foods agricultural economics agriculture crop management distribution food safety organic farming

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurizio Canavari
    • 1
  • Kent D. Olson
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Economia e Ingegneria AgrarieAlma Mater Studiorum-Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinnesotaUSA

Bibliographic information