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 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.
About the Editors:
Maurizio Canavari is an Associate Professor in the University of Bologna s Department of Agrarian Economy and Engineering.
Kent D. Olson is a Professor in the University of Minnesota s Department of Applied Economics. The book gives an overview of the organic food sector, both in Italy and in the US. It covers economic issues raised by organic farming, taking into account the consumer's needs but also the managerial and budget constraints experienced by the farmers. The book also details how agricultural economists perform analyses dealing with organic produce at different points in the supply chain.
Sector's Overview.- From Niche to Market: The Growth of Organic Business in Italy.- An Overview of Organic Agriculture in the United States.- The Producer's Perspective.- A Comparative Profitability Analysis of Organic and Conventional Farms in Emilia-Romagna and in Minnesota.- Situation and Perspectives of Organic Meat in Italy.- Profitability of Organic Cropping Systems in Southwestern Minnesota.- Comparing the Profitability of Organic and Integrated Crop Management.- Marketing Strategies for Organic Wine Growers in the Veneto Region.- The Consumers' Perspective.- Investigating Preferences for Environment Friendly Production Practices.- Potential Demand for Organic Marine Fish in Italy.- Italian Consumers' Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Organic Beef.- The US Consumer Perspective on Organic Foods.- Recent Developments and Future Issues.- Current Issues in Organic Food: Italy.- Current Issues in Organic Food: United States.