Organic Farming: An International History by W. Lockeretz

By W. Lockeretz

Starting as a small protest to the industrialization of agriculture within the Nineteen Twenties, natural farming has develop into an important strength in agricultural coverage, advertising, and learn. now not pushed aside as unscientific and counterproductive, natural suggestions are actually taken heavily by way of farmers, shoppers, scientists, meals processors, retailers, and regulatory firms in a lot of the realm. natural farming is either dynamic and forward-looking yet is usually rooted in culture. it's those traditions that could supply useful beginning issues in debates over how natural farming should still meet new demanding situations comparable to globalization, the emergence of recent construction options, and starting to be predicament over fairness and social justice in agriculture. Complementing basic discussions with case histories of significant natural associations in a number of international locations, this accomplished dialogue is the 1st to discover the advance of natural agriculture.

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A key figure was Claude Aubert, whose L’agriculture biologique (Aubert, 1970) became a fundamental book for organic farming. The French association Nature et Progrès was founded in 1964. It played a key role in the founding of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 1972 (see Chapter 9, this volume). A distinctive French approach was the ‘méthode Lemaire–Boucher’; an organization of the same name was founded in 1963. Raoul Lemaire and Jean Boucher introduced the use of calcified 18 G.

Among the roles of these organizations was to define consistent standards for organic food and establish programmes to certify farmers’ compliance with them, as described in Chapter 8. They saw themselves as the defenders of organic integrity and values, and carefully nurtured loyal consumer confidence based on these values and principles. However, as trade expanded, there was concern that working at the local level might not be enough to ensure the integrity of organic standards. Yet there also was a growing understanding that preserving integrity was critical for maintaining consumer confidence and for the continued growth of the organic movement.

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