ID 6530
Submitting Entity Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Submitted for Seventh Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7)
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Title Market Creation for Biodiversity: The Role of Organic Farming in the EU and the US
Description Organic agriculture has recently seen spectacular growth in many OECD countries and is viewed as an environmentally benign alternative to intensive production. The organics market currently provides one of few conduits through which consumers can express environmental preferences for agricultural practices, and while consumer motives are somewhat confused, both biodiversity and health benefits appear to be prominent. The market is legally segmented from conventional agricultural practices by regulated certification that allows consumers to identify producers and entitles producers access to price premiums. Despite attractive premiums organic supply currently lags behind demand, which is increasingly being tapped by newly emerging alternatives to certified agriculture that can claim to procure similar benefits without the organic certification process.
Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-oecd-05-en.pdf
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Authors Dominic Moran, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh.
Countries European Union
United States of America
Ecosystems Agricultural Biodiversity
Regions Western Europe and Others
Incentive Measures Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Keywords Market creation (organic production, tourism, ...)
Eco-labelling and certification