Purpose: The aim of this paper is to assess whether the current European target to increase the areas under organic farming to 25% by 2030 is attainable and whether the simple increase in areas under organic farming may be sufficient to improve the sustainability of European agriculture. Design/methodology/approach: The analysis has been carried out through a simple data processing related to areas under organic farming, for the period 2012–2020 (Eurostat database), in order to highlight the trends of areas under organic farming and to verify whether the annual average change rates may be compatible with the stated target. Findings: The analysis showed that organic farming has a productive weight not corresponding to the amount on the total of the areas under cultivation and a small impact on the total of food consumption. It is a plausible hypothesis, the one that shows the increase in areas under organic farming will engage forms of agriculture and farms that, already, are more sustainable, so the achievement of 25% target will not particularly impact the European potential productive and the less environmental sustainable forms of agriculture. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the debate, involving scientific community, policy maker and civil society, about the real contribution of organic farming to sustainability, and it will be developed in future research.

Limits and potential of organic farming towards a more sustainable European agri-food system / Calabro, G.; Vieri, S.. - In: BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL. - ISSN 0007-070X. - 126:1(2023). [10.1108/BFJ-12-2022-1067]

Limits and potential of organic farming towards a more sustainable European agri-food system

Vieri S.
2023

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to assess whether the current European target to increase the areas under organic farming to 25% by 2030 is attainable and whether the simple increase in areas under organic farming may be sufficient to improve the sustainability of European agriculture. Design/methodology/approach: The analysis has been carried out through a simple data processing related to areas under organic farming, for the period 2012–2020 (Eurostat database), in order to highlight the trends of areas under organic farming and to verify whether the annual average change rates may be compatible with the stated target. Findings: The analysis showed that organic farming has a productive weight not corresponding to the amount on the total of the areas under cultivation and a small impact on the total of food consumption. It is a plausible hypothesis, the one that shows the increase in areas under organic farming will engage forms of agriculture and farms that, already, are more sustainable, so the achievement of 25% target will not particularly impact the European potential productive and the less environmental sustainable forms of agriculture. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the debate, involving scientific community, policy maker and civil society, about the real contribution of organic farming to sustainability, and it will be developed in future research.
2023
agriculture; common agriculture policy; organic farming; sustainability
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Limits and potential of organic farming towards a more sustainable European agri-food system / Calabro, G.; Vieri, S.. - In: BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL. - ISSN 0007-070X. - 126:1(2023). [10.1108/BFJ-12-2022-1067]
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