PANNA: Resource Pointer #346 (Organic Farming: Trends and Data)


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Resource Pointer #346 (Organic Farming: Trends and Data)

November 19, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*State of States: Organic Farming Research Systems at Land Grant Institutions, 2001-2003* Jane Sooby, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Discusses the importance of the federal land grant system of agricultural research, extension and education, and various acts, initiatives and policies aimed at expanding the land grant system. Presents, state by state, the various programs and institutions involved in organic research and their associated publications. A valuable resource for farmers, researchers, growers, and distributors but relevant to anyone interested in organic farming. US $10 for hardcopy or available for free download at: http://www.ofrf.org/publications/SoS/SoS2.overview.page.html. Contact Organic Farming Research Foundation, P.O. Box 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0440; phone (831) 426-6606; fax (831) 426-6670; email research@ofrf.org; Web site http://www.ofrf.org/index.html.

*U.S. Organic Farming in 2000-2001: Adoption of Certified Systems, 2003* Catherine Greene and Amy Kremen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). Charts a rise in the acreage of organically farmed land and presents the data by crop and state. Also discusses trends in organic policies and regulations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards for organic production implemented in October, 2001, third party organic certifications, and the Organic Research and Extension Initiative of the 2002 Farm Act. 51 pages. Available for free download at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aib780/. Contact Economic Research Service, 1800 M Street NW, Washinton D.C., 20036-5831; phone (202) 694-5050; fax (202) 694-5640; email service@ers.usda.gov; Web site http://www.ers.usda.gov/.

*Organic Agriculture: Sustainability, Markets and Policies, 2003* Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The proceedings of an OECD workshop held in September of 2002. Uses examples and case studies from throughout the world to illustrate environmental, marketing, policy, and consumer issues in organic agriculture. Discovers relatively little government support for organic agriculture and argues for future policies to ensure a successful future for organic farming. US $75 for hardcopy or $60 for download at: http://oecdpublications.gfi-nb.com/cgi-bin/oecdbookshop.storefront. Contact CABI Publishing, Wallingford OX10 8DE, United Kingdom; phone (44 01 49) 183-2111; fax (44 01 49) 183-3508; email cabi@cabi.org; Web site http://www.cabi-publishing.org/.

*Comparative Analysis of the United States National Organic Program (7 CFR 205) and the European Union Organic Legislation (EEC 2092/92 & Amendments), 2002* Organic Trade Association (OTA). Compares the primary organic standards of the European Union and United States in a number of different categories including: definitions, applicability, standards, and farming processes. Available for free download at: http://www.ota.com/standards/other/eu_us.html. Contact Organic Trade Association, P.O. Box 547 Greenfield, MA 01302; phone (413) 774-7511; fax (413) 774-6432; email info@ota.com; Web site http://www.ota.com/.

*Statistical Review of California's Organic Agriculture, 1995-1998, 2002* Karen Klonsky, Laura Tourte, Robin Kozloff, and Benjamin Shouse, University of California Agricultural Resource Center. Presents a wide range of data for California's organic agriculture including registered farms, organic commodities, acreage, and sales. Cross-references many categories and includes regional divisions. 87 pages. US $10 for hardcopy or available for free download at: http://www.aic.ucdavis.edu/. Contact University of California Agricultural Issues Center, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; phone (530) 752-2320; fax (530) 752-5451; email agissues@ucdavis.edu; Web site http://www.aic.ucdavis.edu/.

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