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Динамично развитие на биологичното животновъдство в Гърция
Dynamic Development of Organic Livestock in Greece

Author(s): Christos Paschalidis, Dimitrios Petropoulos, Stavros Sotiropoulos, Dimitrios Paschalidis, Loukas Papakonstantinou
Subject(s): Economy, Agriculture
Published by: Университет за национално и световно стопанство (УНСС)
Keywords: biological agriculture; organic farming; production livestock
Summary/Abstract: Increased consumer sensitivity to food safety issues, as well as environmental concerns, have contributed to the development of organic farming in recent years. Organic livestock is growing but recording lower rates. The reasons for the stronger growth of agriculture versus livestock, is that agricultural products are widely consumed, cheaper, and require easier procedures for certification against livestock products. In Greece, organic livestock, such as sheep and goat farming, cattle breeding and beekeeping use organic production methods because they rely mainly on extensive cultivation, but there is also the necessary know-how. The pastures and meadows of the country are used effectively for organic farming because they do not use fertilizers, pesticides and there is a great biodiversity of flora. Organic pig farming is significantly behind. The ever-increasing demand for organic livestock products, as the significant growth rates of the total number of farmers, engaged in organic livestock in recent years, create the conditions for auspicious prospects for the future of organic livestock in Greece.

  • Page Range: 91-98
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English