Re-Thinking Organic Food and Farming in a Changing World

  • Bernhard Freyer
  • Jim Bingen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Overview and Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernhard Freyer, Jim Bingen
      Pages 3-11
    3. Bernhard Freyer, Jim Bingen, Milena Klimek
      Pages 13-39
  3. Standards and Certification

  4. Markets and Consumers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-106
    2. Kristin L. Getter, Bridget K. Behe, Philip H. Howard, David S. Conner, Lia M. Spaniolo
      Pages 125-140
  5. The Interplay of Conventional and Organic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-160
    2. Douglas H. Constance, Jin Young Choi, Damian Lara
      Pages 161-185
    3. Lesley Hunt, Chris Rosin, Hugh Campell, John Fairweather
      Pages 187-211
    4. Caroline Brock, Bradford Barham
      Pages 233-255
  6. Re-thinking Ethics in the Organic Movement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Bernhard Freyer, Jim Bingen, Milena Klimek
      Pages 259-308
    3. Bernhard Freyer, Jim Bingen
      Pages 309-322
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-329

About this book


This book is based on the assumption that “organic has lost its way”. Paradoxically, it comes at a time when we witness the continuing of growth in organic food production and markets around the world. Yet, the book claims that organic has lost sight of its first or fundamental philosophical principles and ontological assumptions. The collection offers empirically grounded discussions that address the principles and fundamental assumptions of organic farming and marketing practices. The book draws attention to the core principles of organic and offers different clearly articulated and well-defined conceptual frameworks that offer new insights into organic practices. Divided into five parts, the book presents new perspectives on enduring issues, examines standards and certification, gives insights into much-discussed and additional market and consumer issues, and reviews the interplay of organic and conventional farming. The book concludes with a framework for rethinking ethics in the organic movement and reflections on the positioning of organic ethics.


Adoption of Organic Dairy Systems Consumers’ Interpretations Enacting Organic Standards Through Certification Feeding the World Globalization and Organic Food Markets and Consumers Organic Agriculture Organic Conventionalization Debate Organic Farmers Organic Farming Organic Packaging Philosophical Perspectives Post-National Organic Social Movements Standards and Certification “Organic” and “Local”

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernhard Freyer
    • 1
  • Jim Bingen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Division of Organic Farming,University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Community Sustainability,Michigan State University,East LansingUSA

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