Organic Food: Consumers' Choices and Farmers' Opportunities
Edited by Canavari, Maurizio; Olson, Kent D.
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.
Hardcover 200 ISBN 9780387395814
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 deals with 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.
Of interest to researchers, professionals, and professors in the Food Science community as well as agricultural
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