© 2014

Organic Farming, Prototype for Sustainable Agricultures

Prototype for Sustainable Agricultures

  • Stéphane Bellon
  • Servane Penvern


  • Qualified authors involved in organic research (projects), from various disciplines and countries

  • Wide range of topics addressed, relevant for the development of organic and sustainable agricultures

  • Updated results and references, thematic index


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Stéphane Bellon, Servane Penvern
    Pages 1-19
  3. System’s Functioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Laurent Bedoussac, Étienne-Pascal Journet, Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen, Christophe Naudin, Guénaëlle Corre-Hellou, Loïc Prieur et al.
      Pages 47-63
    3. Bernhard Speiser, Lucius Tamm, Franco P. Weibel
      Pages 65-82
    4. Sylvaine Simon, Adrien Rusch, Eric Wyss, Jean-Pierre Sarthou
      Pages 83-105
    5. Jean-Philippe Deguine, Servane Penvern
      Pages 107-130
    6. Luciana Parisi, Laurent Jamar, Marc Lateur, François Laurens, Pierre-Eric Lauri
      Pages 131-148
    7. Hervé Hoste, Smaragda Sotiraki, Helena Mejer, Felix Heckendorn, Veronika Maurer, Stig Thamsborg
      Pages 149-169
    8. Christian Nicourt, Jacques Cabaret
      Pages 171-179
    9. Xavier Coquil, Jean-Louis Fiorelli, André Blouet, Catherine Mignolet
      Pages 201-217
  4. Organic Performances

About this book


Various stakeholders have shown a growing interest in organic food and farming (OF&F), which has become a widespread issue at all levels of society. However, much debate still arises about the value of OF&F as a model for sustainable agriculture. Rather than questioning whether organic farming performs better or not than conventional farming, the main question addressed in this book is how and under what conditions OF&F may contribute to sustainable agricultures. Multiple forms are emerging today, among which OF&F represents a prototype, evolving in strong interaction with them and tackling the multiple challenges facing sustainable agriculture.

This book presents 25 papers divided into three main sections. The first section investigates OF&F production processes and the capacity of OF&F to benefit from ecological regulations and system functioning to achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency. The second one proposes an overview of organic performances that provide commodities and public goods in response to societal demands. The third focuses on how to mainstream different forms of organic agriculture, including development pathways for organic farming and up-scaling within agri-food systems and territories.

In addition to a strong theoretical component, this book provides an overview of the current challenges facing OF&F. It questions the successes and limitations of organics, with particular emphasis on bottlenecks and lock-in effects at various levels, highlighting recent innovations and presenting a critical appraisal of the state of the art of existing knowledge. It contributes to our understanding of the perspectives and future challenges for research in organic farming in France and in Europe.

Each area of OF&F is examined, with papers from leading experts who have been involved in organic research projects and partnerships for many years and who provide complementary insights into the key issues facing organic agriculture and research worldwide.


Development model Innovation System assessment System functioning Transition

Editors and affiliations

  • Stéphane Bellon
    • 1
  • Servane Penvern
    • 2
  1. 1.Unité EcodéveloppementINRAAvignon Cedex 09France
  2. 2.Unité EcodéveloppementINRAAvignon Cedex 09France

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