The Importance Of The Conservation Security Act To Us Competitiveness In Global Organic Markets
This briefing paper reviews the role that the proposed Conservation Security Act plays in improving US competitiveness in global markets for organic agriculture products. The European Union provides direct payments to organic farmers through an agri-environmental program that is considered a "Green Box policy" by the World Trade Organization and not subject to funding limits. US organic farmers are falling behind due to aggressive production conversion campaigns in the EU. The Conservation Security Act, which would pay farmers for environmentally sound practices, would counterbalance the EU subsidy program. With a level field for production support, the US organic industry could be expected to become a dominant market force in the $102 billion global organic sector.
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- Greene, Catherine R., 2001. "U.S. Organic Farming Emerges in the 1990s: Adoption of Certified Systems," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33777, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
- Lohr, Luanne, 2001. "Factors Affecting International Demand And Trade In Organic Food Products," Faculty Series 16674, University of Georgia, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
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