Landscaping implications of organic production in Poitou-Charentes, France

C. Petry, P. Donadieu, M. Perigord
Organic food production has increased in Europe, accompanying an increasing demand for food safety. This study is the result of a one-year post-doctoral program of the author, a Brazilian researcher at the Université de Poitiers. The aim was to identify some of the objectives of local organic production, what methods of organization were found by farmers and what the possible value of aesthetic appreciation of these organic landscapes is, a quality promoted by the ban on use of synthetic chemical products. For that purpose, general data collection and a search for local theoretical references was carried out. After mapping out producers in the region, interviews were made with farmers, representatives of non-governmental organizations responsible for distribution and sale of these products, and seed exchange associations which seek to unite sovereignty and food safety. The practices of agroecology and recovery of systematic organization of the rural property are considered to be innovative. In addition to awareness of the value added to the organic product, there is awareness that the organic production system provides an environmental service which transforms the property into a “filter” or “cap” in the place of its establishment. Landscaping is able to add value to these landscapes free of direct pollutants by attracting urban tourists in increasing numbers and frequency. They seek to practice direct trade and recovery of a relationship of trust in the producer of their food (humanization of the food supply) and, above all, to regularly visit qualified healthy environments.
Petry, C., Donadieu, P. and Perigord, M. (2016). Landscaping implications of organic production in Poitou-Charentes, France. Acta Hortic. 1108, 139-144
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1108.17
innovative techniques, sustainable landscapes, agroecology

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