Organic Food: Consumers' Choices and Farmers' Opportunities (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 2007 - Cooking - 216 pages
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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 discusses 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.
  

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Contents

THE GROWTH OF ORGANIC BUSINESS IN ITALY
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2 THE BIOBOOM IN ITALY
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AN ANALYSIS BASED ON THE 2000 ITALIAN CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE DATA
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4 REFERENCES
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AN OVERVIEW OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES
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2 US ORGANIC STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION
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3 ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE US ORGANIC AGRICULTURE SECTOR
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4 RECENT STATE AND FEDERAL POLICY INITIATIVES
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Taste segments for organic and integrated crop management potatoes in Italian households
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2 THEORY
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3 DATA
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5 CONCLUSIONS
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6 REFERENCES
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POTENTIAL DEMAND FOR ORGANIC MARINE FISH IN ITALY
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2 METHODOLOGY AND DATA
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3 FINDINGS AND COMMENTS
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5 REFERENCES
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THE PRODUCERS PERSPECTIVE
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A COMPARATIVE PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS OF ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL FARMS IN EMILIAROMAGNA AND IN MINNESOTA
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2 OBJECTIVES AND HYPOTHESES
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4 RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
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5 FINAL REMARKS
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The experience of a small group of firms located in the Veneto Region
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2 OBSERVATIONS FROM A SMALL SAMPLE OF VENETIAN FIRMS DEALING WITH ORGANIC MEAT
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3 CONCLUDING REMARKS
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4 REFERENCES
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PROFITABILITY OF ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS IN SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA
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2 BACKGROUND
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3 STUDY LOCATION AND DESIGN
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4 DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS METHODS
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5 RESULTS
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6 CONCLUSIONS
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7 REFERENCES
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An analysis of apple and peach growing in Italy
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2 MATERIALS AND METHODS
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3 RESULTS
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4 FINAL REMARKS
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5 REFERENCES
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MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR ORGANIC WINE GROWERS IN THE VENETO REGION
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1 WINE FROM ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
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2 OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIC WINE MARKET
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3 THE ORGANIC WINE MARKET IN ITALY
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4 A SURVEY ON ORGANIC WINE MARKET IN THE VENETO REGION
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5 CONCLUDING REMARKS
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6 REFERENCES
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THE CONSUMERS PERSPECTIVE
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4 CONCLUDING REMARKS
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5 REFERENCES
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A Survey in Piedmont
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2 DATA
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3 WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR ORGANIC BEEF
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4 CONSUMERS MOTIVATIONS FOR NOT PURCHASING ORGANIC BEEF
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5 PREFERENCES ABOUT SELLING MODALITIES
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6 CONCLUSIONS
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7 REFERENCES
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THE US CONSUMER PERSPECTIVE ON ORGANIC FOODS
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2 US MARKET FOR ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS
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3 THE US ORGANIC FOOD CONSUMER
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4 DIRECT MARKET SALES OF ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS
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5 THE FUTURE OF THE US ORGANIC FOOD MARKET
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6 REFERENCES
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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND FUTURE ISSUES
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ITALY
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2 FARMER ISSUES
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3 FOOD CHAIN ISSUES
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4 CONSUMERS ISSUES
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5 POLICY AND TRADE ISSUES
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6 FURTHER EMERGING ISSUES
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7 REFERENCES
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UNITED STATES
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2 PRODUCTION ISSUES
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3 DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING ISSUES
189
4 POLICY AND TRADE ISSUES
190
5 FUTURE ISSUES
192
INDEX
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Maurizio Canavari is at Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy.

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