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EU Island Farming and the Labelling of its Products

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Farming in the islands of the European Union faces specific challenges due to isolation and small size, which justify specific policy tools in terms of structural and regional polices. The question whether the output of island farming (island agricultural and food products) is of such a specific quality that labelling it as such by ways of an optional quality term in the sense of Regulation (EC) No 1151/2012 is justified or not. Capturing the socio-economic reality of island farming in the EU as well as the labelling strategies pursued by stakeholders on the market demonstrates that a specific labelling rule for island products has benefits in particular for small producers and/or small islands, but that it would better be accompanied by the labelling of the specific name of the island(s) concerned.

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Paper provided by Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre in its series JRC-IPTS Working Papers with number JRC84949.

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Length: 204 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc84949

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Keywords: Sustainable agriculture; Food quality; agricultural products quality policy; food labelling; rural development; Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); island farming; less favoured areas;

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