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British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Online from: 1899

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Farm assurance schemes: can they improve farming standards?


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Title:Farm assurance schemes: can they improve farming standards?
Author(s):Kathleen Anne Lewis, (Science & Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK), John Tzilivakis, (Science & Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK), Andrew Green, (Science & Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK), Douglas Warner, (Science & Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK), Adele Coles, (Science & Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)
Citation:Kathleen Anne Lewis, John Tzilivakis, Andrew Green, Douglas Warner, Adele Coles, (2008) "Farm assurance schemes: can they improve farming standards?", British Food Journal, Vol. 110 Iss: 11, pp.1088 - 1105
Keywords:Agriculture, Ecology, Labelling, Standards, United Kingdom
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/00070700810918009 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This work has been funded by the Defra and is gratefully acknowledged. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funding organisation.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the global activities, highlighting the UK, concerned with farm assurance schemes and associated food labelling seeking to identify their contribution towards improving primary production standards.

Design/methodology/approach – A desk study focusing on published literature and historical documentation.

Findings – The majority of primary production standards are based upon codes of good practice with only tenuous links between the standards and the required environmental outcomes. Owing to the difficulties of comparing like with like here is little conclusive evidence that such standards are producing environmental benefits.

Practical implications – If it depends on assurance schemes to improve farming practices then a European-wide standard is required that is not compromised by variations in national laws and codes of practice.

Originality/value – This review is of academic value and of value to those working to improve primary production standards. It presents arguments for introducing environmental outcome based measures into the UK assurance schemes.



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