Research - Current projects
The impact of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy in England
The research explored:
- the key hypothesis that organic farming provides additional benefit to the rural economy over and above conventional agriculture.
- the extent to which organic farming gave rise to greater economic and socio-economic linkages with rural economies (and the local economy), as a result contributing to rural development.
- it examined claims that organic farming was associated with qualitative as well as quantitative differences in employment patterns and social networks in rural communities.
Organic farming has developed rapidly in recent years and now has a market value of over
The project developed techniques to trace the
Was via a project report, articles in technical bulletins and presentations to policy makers and farmers.
The project was led by Exeter University in collaboration with Plymouth University, HDRA and Elm Farm. HDRA
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