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OECD Workshop on Organic Agriculture



The United States hosted an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Workshop on Organic Agriculture Sept. 23-26, 2002, in Arlington, Va. Farm Foundation collaborated with USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and other USDA agencies to sponsor portions of the workshop. 

The purpose of the workshop was to examine empirical evidence on the economic, environmental and social impacts of organic agriculture in relation to "integrated" or "conventional" farming systems, and identify the conditions under which organic agricultural systems are sustainable. The workshop reviewed market approaches and policies used to encourage, certify and regulate organic agriculture, and explore the trade effects of different policies. The workshop contributed to OECD's work on agri-environmental issues and practical policy advice.

Based in Paris, France, OECD is an intergovernmental organization of industrialised countries. Member countries (2002) are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Communities, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.





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