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Paull, J (2007) China's Organic Revolution. Journal of Organic Systems, 2 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1177-4258

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Abstract

China is at the onset of an organic agriculture revolution. From 2000 to 2006, China has moved from 45th to 2nd position in the world in number of hectares under organic management. China now has more land under organic horticulture than any other country. In the year 2005/2006, China added 12% to the world's organic area. This accounted for 63% of the world's annual increase in organic land, and China now has 11% of the world's organically managed land. The antecedents to China's Organic Revolution are examined, and reveal further growth potential in the Chinese organic sector. Longitudinal analysis of China's food production statistics reveals explosive growth, and the consequent capacity for export has implications for food exporting nations. China has adopted an innovative path, via Green Food, towards achieving an organic future. This transition strategy may be a model for other countries seeking a rapid expansion of organics. Food exporting countries can expect in future to have their chemi-agricultural produce competing with certified organic produce of China.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Green Food, China, ecological agriculture, State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China Green Food Development Centre (CGFDC), Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), certification, logos, no-public-harm food, innovation, offsets, conversion, transition, revolution.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Organic Systems
Page Range: pp. 1-11
ISSN: 1177-4258
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/895
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