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The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008

Edited By: Helga Willer, Minou Yussefi-Menzler and Neil Sorensen

280 pages, Figs, maps


Hardback | Apr 2008 | #173507 | ISBN-13: 9781844075928
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The new edition of this annual publication (previously published by IFOAM and FiBL) documents recent developments in global organic agriculture. It includes contributions from certification agencies, governments, academics and individuals representing the breadth of the organic sector from throughout the world. It provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover surface area under organic management, types and numbers of farms and specific information about commodities and land use in organic systems.

The book also contains information on the global market of the
burgeoning organic sector, the latest developments in organic
certification, standards and regulations and insights into current status and emerging trends for organic agriculture by continent from the world's foremost experts.

For this edition, all statistical data and regional review chapters have been thoroughly updated. Completely new chapters on organic agriculture in the Pacific and on organic aquaculture have been added.

'An essential reference for anyone concerned with the growing global significance of organic agriculture.' Patrick Holden, CBE, Director of the Soil Association, UK 'A concise, up-to-date overview of how the industry is growing on a global scale, with detailed studies of aquaculture, new standards and regulations, notable achievements, and the challenges ahead. Not only packed with facts and figures, it includes expert insights into the latest issues, from the adoption of the new East African Organic Products Standard to the state of organics in Iran. More general coverage includes information on crop production worldwide... an indispensable manual for organic practitioners, researchers and those simply with a statistical interest in this rising force in world farming.' New Agriculturalist 'For someone in the organic profession, or a student, this is an extremely useful resource. It should be an essential purchase.' David Younie, Scottish Agricultural College, UK 'The best documentation on the state of the art of the organic sector worldwide.' Edith Lammerts van Bueren, Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands 'I have seen The World of Organic Agriculture before and find it to be a very useful book. Given how much organic agriculture is growing, it is important to publish these statistics on a yearly basis. Libraries should carry the book, as well as those professionals whose primary concern is organic agriculture.' Ivette Perfecto, University of Michigan, USA 'Because it is regularly updated it offers unique data which are not recorded elsewhere.' Julia Wright, Henry Doubleday Research Association, UK 'A very important publication - unique and comprehensive.' Paul Kristiansen, University of New England, Australia 'Packed with information, charts and graphs on organic agriculture... this meticulously researched hardback volume gives all of the answers. An excellent reference volume. ' William Critchley, WASWC, Amsterdam, June 2008 'A valuable single source.' Experimental Agriculture 'It includes contributioons from representatives of the organic sector from throughout the world and provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover surface area under organic management, numbers of farms and specific informaion about commodities and land use in organic systems.' Biotechnology, Agronomy Society and Environment


Foreword * The World of Organic Agriculture 2008: Summary * Organic Agriculture Worldwide: Current Statistics * Information Sources: Overview * The Organics Trade Development Programme (OTDP) of the International Trade Centre (ITC) * The Global Market for Organic Food and Drink * Standards and Regulations * East African Organic Products Standard and more * Number of Organic Certifiers Jumps to 468 * Accreditation * The ITF - the FAO/IFOAM/UNCTAD International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture * Organic Aquaculture * Organic Farming in Africa * Africa: Organic Farming Statistics * Organic Asia 2007 * Country Report: Organic Agriculture in Iran * Asia: Organic Farming Statistics * Europe: Statistics, Policy and Research * Cropping Patterns in the European Union 2006 (EU 27) * The European Market for Organic Food in 2006 * Trends in the Organic Retailing Sector in Europe 2007 * Europe: Organic Farming Statistics * Organic Farming in the Mediterranean Region: Towards Further Development * Country Report: Organic Food and Farming in Egypt * Organic Farming in Latin America * Latin America: Country Reports * Latin America: Organic Farming Statistics * United States * Canada * North America: Organic Farming Statistics * Organic Farming in Australia * Organic Farming in New Zealand * Organic Agriculture in the Pacific * Oceania/Australia: Organic Farming Statistics * Achievements Made and Challenges Ahead * Annex

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Helga Willer is at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Frick, Switzerland. Minou Yussefi-Menzler is at the Foundation Ecology & Agriculture (SOEL), Bad Duerkheim, Germany. Neil Sorensen is at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Bonn, Germany.

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