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The Impact of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy in England


  • Lobley, Matt
  • Reed, Matthew J.
  • Butler, Allan J.


This research report seeks to explore the hypothesis that organic farming provides an additional benefit to the rural economy over and above that of conventional agriculture, defined for the purposes of this project as "non-organic". The approach adopted involved tracing the socio-economic footprint of a range of farm business types. The concept of the socio-economic footprint represents a development of earlier research (Errington and Courtney 2000) tracing the economic footprints of small towns. In contrast to conventional economic analysis, the research focused on examining the socio-economic linkages associated with different types of farming such as sales and purchasing patterns but also evidence of social connectivity and embeddedness.

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  • Lobley, Matt & Reed, Matthew J. & Butler, Allan J., 2005. "The Impact of Organic Farming on the Rural Economy in England," Research Reports 31747, University of Exeter, Centre for Rural Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uexrrr:31747

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    1. Rigby, Dan & Young, Trevor & Burton, Michael, 2001. "The development of and prospects for organic farming in the UK," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 599-613, December.
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    1. Cigale Dejan & Lampič Barbara & Potočnik-Slavič Irma, 2013. "Interrelations Between Tourism Offer and Tourism Demand in the Case of Farm Tourism in Slovenia," European Countryside, De Gruyter Open, vol. 5(4), pages 339-355, December.
    2. Matt Lobley & Allan Butler & Michael Winter, 2013. "Local Organic Food for Local People? Organic Marketing Strategies in England and Wales," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(2), pages 216-228, February.
    3. Reed, Matt, 2009. "For whom? - The governance of organic food and farming in the UK," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 280-286, June.
    4. Sharma, Harsh, 2011. "Green jobs and decent work: An agenda for sustainable agriculture in India," IAMO Forum 2011: Will the "BRICs Decade" Continue? – Prospects for Trade and Growth 4, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO).


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