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A Bibliometric Analysis of Organic Farming and Voluntary Certifications


  • Ioan Sebastian Brumă

    (Academy of Romanian Scientists, Ilfov 3, 050044 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Alexandra Raluca Jelea

    (Academy of Romanian Scientists, Ilfov 3, 050044 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Steliana Rodino

    (Institute of Research for Agriculture Economy and Rural Development, 61 Mărăști Blvd, District 1, 011464 Bucharest, Romania
    National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, 296 Splaiul Independenţei, District 6, 060031 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Patricea Elena Bertea

    (Department of Business Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Bd. Carol I, Nr. 11, 700506 Iasi, Romania)

  • Alina Butu

    (National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, 296 Splaiul Independenţei, District 6, 060031 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Mihai Alexandru Chițea

    (Institute of Agricultural Economics, 13 September, No. 13, Sector 5, 050711 Bucharest, Romania)


Organic farming, characterised by environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural practices, has gained significant attention throughout the years due to its potential to address critical issues such as food security, environmental sustainability, and public health. Voluntary certification systems play a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity and quality of organic products in the market. Understanding the research landscape surrounding organic farming and voluntary certifications is of paramount importance for scholars, policy makers, farmers, and consumers. In this context, the present study utilizes a bibliometric approach to achieve a deeper understanding of the trends, key contributors, and key terms in these domains via a bibliometric analysis in order to contribute to the broader goals of promoting sustainable agriculture and informed consumer choices. The evolution of the field is traced, shedding light on seminal papers, influential authors, and prolific journals. The research type is quantitative, using Web of Science, VOSviewer, and bibliometric study as instruments. The results show that, for both terms “organic farming” and “voluntary certifications”, papers usually involve three or more authors and use other sources as the unit of analysis, leaving room for improvement and the filling of a gap in the specialty literature. This insight can guide future researchers and policymakers in focusing on critical areas within organic farming and certification systems, further advancing the field and addressing pressing issues related to sustainability, quality, and consumer awareness.

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  • Ioan Sebastian Brumă & Alexandra Raluca Jelea & Steliana Rodino & Patricea Elena Bertea & Alina Butu & Mihai Alexandru Chițea, 2023. "A Bibliometric Analysis of Organic Farming and Voluntary Certifications," Agriculture, MDPI, vol. 13(11), pages 1-21, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jagris:v:13:y:2023:i:11:p:2107-:d:1275223

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    1. Henry, Carla. & Pechevy, Anouk., 2017. "Upgrading agricultural work a comparative analysis of voluntary certification schemes," ILO Working Papers 994987492002676, International Labour Organization.
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