EU Rural Review | Number 18 (2014)

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Series Details Number 18
Publication Date May 2014
ISSN 1831-5267
EC K3-AJ-14-018-EN-N
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Organic Farming


At its core, the organic sector is about the production of fresh, tasty and authentic food that respects nature. And with the sector recording average annual growth in turnover of 8% since 2008, this simple idea has firmly taken root and is thriving in Europe…

Issue 18 of the EU Rural Review provides an overview of organic farming as it is practised today. It highlights the value of the organic approach to agriculture, the rural economy and its wider societal and environmental benefits. It also provides real insight into the evolving European policy landscape - including a detailed profile of the European Commission’s Action Plan on the Future of Organic Production in Europe - and the course it is setting for the future of the sector.



  • Foreword
  • Organic farming in Europe moving into the mainstream
  • An action plan for organic production in Europe
  • A long history of rural development support for organic farming
  • Smart innovation set to boost organic sector competitiveness
  • Europe's organic sector: a natural fit for social inclusion
  • The environmental added value of the organic sector
  • Safeguarding consumer confidence
  • Global trade in organic products: new frontiers and challenges
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