19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Business and markets

All farmers need to earn a living and sufficient income to ensure that their businesses are sustainable. The development of specialist markets for certified organic food provides a means by which consumers can access organic food and producers and food businesses can gain some financial return for adopting practices that yield environmental and other benefits not normally compensated by the market.

Despite not using yield-enhancing inputs, organic producers achieve similar incomes to comparable non-organic farms, thanks to consumer willingness to pay a premium for products with legally-backed certification of organic authenticity. As part of this, producers have developed innovative marketing and processing initiatives and close links with consumers in new business models such as community supported agriculture.

This programme focuses on the analysis of farm incomes and costs of production, the availability and quality of organic market data, sector/ market development as well as consumer attitudes, behaviour and willingness to pay, helping producers, food businesses and policy-makers to make better informed decisions.

ORC Staff Involved

Dr. Stefano Orsini, Dr. Bruce Pearce, Ms. Anja Vieweger.

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Evaluating the different approaches for improving UK organic trade statisticsDITThe study is looking at improving organic trade data statistics in the UK

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems (CERERE)EU Horizon 2020The project will promote innovation through diversity-based ‘alternative’ cereal food systems in Europe through knowledge exchange and communities of practice adopting a bottom-up approach in multi-actor network.
Reviewing of international approaches to organic regulations and labelling - production, economic and market access implications for UKDefraThe project will help to provide an evidence base for future policy direction of organic agriculture in the UK following EU exit as well as exploring the issues surrounding the potential implications of introducing an independent organic labelling system.
Transitions to agroecological systems: Farmers’ viewpointsScottish Natural Heritage on the behalf of the Land Use Policy Group A study of the motivations, attitudes and experiences of farmers who have adopted agroecological farming, based on in-depth interviews with 14 farmers in England, Scotland and Wales and compared with two relevant models
Distribution of the added value of the organic food chainDG AGRIThe study aims to identify and analyse the distribution of added value in the organic supply chain in the European Union.
The Role of Agroecology in Sustainable IntensificationScottish Natural Heritage Report on on the contribution that agro-ecological systems and strategies can make to sustainable intensification in the UK and European context.
European Data Network for Improved Transparency of Organic Markets (ODN)European Commission (FP7)The project aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market through better availability of market intelligence about the sector to meet the needs of policy makers and actors involved in organic markets.
Evaluation of the German Programme for Organic Food and Farming Research (BOEL evaluation)Bundesanstalt fuer Landwirtschaft und Ernaehrung, BonnThe Programme for Organic Agriculture (BÖL) was set up in 2001 by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (then BMVEL); the relevance, effectiveness and resource efficiency of its research component was evaluated in this project.
Organic Farm Incomes in England and WalesDEFRAAnalysis of financial performance of organic farming in terms of profitablity and enterprise persformance relative to previous years and in comparison to conventional based on the FBS/Defra Data Archive for 2009/10
Use and efficiency of public support measures addressing organic farming in the EU (AGRIEVAL)DG AgricultureThe project analyses public support measures addressing organic farming in relation to impact on number of organic farms, organic land area, market development and policy coherence.
Economics Analysis of Certification Systems in Organic Food and Farming (Certcost)EC FP 7The main project objective is to generate research based knowledge on how to improve the organic food certification system in terms of efficiency, transparency and cost effectiveness.
See all completed projects here.

Key publications

Home R, Gerrard CL, Hempel C, Losták M, Vieweger A, Husák J, Stolze M, Hamm U, Padel S, Willer H, Vairo D and Zanoli R (2016) The quality of organic market data: providing data that is both fit for use and convenient. Organic Agriculture, online-first, pp. 1-14.

Moakes S, Lampkin N and Gerrard CL (2016) Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2014/15. Organic Research Centre, Newbury (as part of Organic Centre Wales).

Padel S (2016) Introduction to global markets and marketing of organic food. In: Deciphering Organic Foods: A Comprehensive Guide to Organic Food Consumption” (Karaklas I, Muehling D (Eds). Nova Publishing, Hauppauge, chapter 8, xxx-xxx. [In Press]

Zander K, Padel S and Zanoli R (2015) EU organic logo and its perception by consumers. British Food Journal, 117 (5), pp. 1506-1526.

Zanoli R, Gambelli D, Solfanelli F , Padel S (2014) Assessing the risk of non-compliance in UK organic agriculture: an econometric analysis, British Food Journal 116(8), p1369 – 1382.

Moakes S, Lampkin N and Gerrard CL (2015) Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2013/14. Organic Research Centre, Newbury (as part of Organic Centre Wales).

Gerrard C, Padel S, Lampkin N (2014) English Organic Producer Survey 2013. Report 2/2014. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Lampkin N, Measures M and Padel S (eds.) (2014) 2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook. (10th edition). Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Lampkin N, Gerrard C, Moakes S (2014) Long term trends in the financial performance of organic farms in England and Wales, 2006/07-2011/12. Report 1/2014, Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Moakes S, Lampkin N and Gerrard C (2014) Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2012/13. Aberystwyth University and Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth and Newbury.

Zanoli R (2014) D7.1 Report on the synthesis of the key results and proposal for recommendations. Organic Data Network Report. Universitŕ Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.

Zanoli R (2014) Data Network for better European Organic Market Information - D7.1 Recommendations. Organic Data Network Report Universitŕ Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.

Gerrard CL, Vieweger A, Alisir L, Bteich M-R, Cottingham M, Feldmann C, Flechet D, Husak J, Losták M, Moreau C, Pugliese P, Rison N, Schaack D, Solfanelli F, Willer H and Padel S. (2014) D6.7 Report on the experience of conducting the case studies. ( Deliverable 6.7 of the OrganicDataNetwork project). OrganicDataNetwork project, c/o University of Ancona.

Gerrard CL, Janssen M, Smith L, Hamm U, Padel S (2013) UK consumer reactions to organic certification logos. British Food Journal, 115 (5), 727 -742.

Gerrard CL, Smith L, Pearce B, Padel S, Hitchings R and Measures M (2012) Public goods and farming. In: Farming for food and water security, 10. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, no. 8380. Springer, Dodrecht Heidelberg New York London, pp. 1-22.

Gerrard CL; Moakes S and Padel S (2012) The use of Farm Business Survey data to compare the environmental performance of organic and conventional farms. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2 (1), pp. 5-16.

Sander J, Stolze M and Padel S (2011) Use and efficiency of public support measures addressing organic farming – Final report - November 2011. Study conducted by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (DE) together with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL, CH) and the Organic Research Centre (UK) on behalf of the DG Agriculture of the European Commission.

Gerrard CL, Smith L, Padel S, Pearce B, Hitchings R, Measures M and Cooper N (2011) OCIS Public Goods Tool Development. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Gerrard CL and Padel S (2011) Production costs across the EU in 2006. Organic Research Centre Bulletin, April 2011, 104, pp. 12-13.

Lampkin N (2011) Relevance of OECD agri-environmental measures for PES. In: Ottaviani, D. & Scialabba, N el-H (eds.) Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome. pp.45-67.

Lampkin N, Bailey A, Lang B, Wilson P, Williams A, Sandars D, Fowler S, Gerrard C, Moakes S, Mortimer S, Nicholas P & Padel S (2011): The Potential for Extending Economic Farm-level Benchmarking to Environmental and Other Aspects of Farm Performance. Final report to Defra for Project No. DO0103. Organic Research Centre and Partners Newbury.

Lampkin N, Measures M and Padel S. (eds.) (2011) 2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook. (9th edition). Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Moakes S and Lampkin N. (2011) Organic Farm Incomes in England and Wales 2009/10. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth, Newbury.

Padel S and Lampkin N (2011). Introduction to the concepts and principles of organic farming. In: KÖLLING, A. (ed.) Organic Food and Farming: A system approach to meet the sustainability challenge. Brussels: IFOAM EU Group. In www.ifoam-eu.org/workareas/policy/pdf/IFOAMEU_dossier_organic_farming_system_approach.pdf

Padel S, Smith L and Janssen M (2010) Are shoppers aware of Organic Certification logos? Organic Research Centre Bulletin, August 2010, pp. 4-5.

Zander K, Hamm U, Freyer B, Gössinger K, Hametter M, Naspetti S, Padel S, Stolz H, Stolze M and Zanoli R (2010) Farmer Consumer Partnerships - How to successfully communicate the values of organic food. Self-published, Department of Agricultural and Food Marketing, University of Kassel, Witzenhausen.

Padel S, Niggli U, Pearce B, Schlüter M, Schmid O, Cuoco E, Willer H, Huber M, Halberg N & Micheloni C (2010): Implementation Action Plan for organic food and farming research. TP Organics. IFOAM- EU Group, Brussels. Available at www.tporganics.eu.

Padel S (2010) Report on The European regulatory framework and its implementation in influencing organic inspection and certification systems in the EU (2010)

Padel S, Roecklinsberg H and Schmid O (2009) The implementation of organic principles and values in the European Regulation for organic food. Food policy, 34, pp. 245-251.

Moakes S and Lampkin N(2009). Organic Farm Incomes in England And Wales 2007/08. Aberystwyth, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

Padel S and Zander K (2009) OrganicPlus values and their relevance to consumers: First results from the CORE FCP project. 1st Nordic Organic Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20 May 2009. In: Frediksson, P and Ullven, K (Eds.) Towards increased sustainablity in the food supply chain. 1st Nordic Organic Conference, Centre for sustainable land use CUL at SLU, pp. 104-106.

Schmid O, Padel S, Halberg N, Huber M, Darnhofer I, Micheloni C, Koopmans C, Bügel S, Stopes C, Willer H, Schlüter M and Cuoco E (2009) Strategic Research Agenda for organic food and farming. TP Organics, Brussels.

Lampkin N, Schmid O, Dabbert S, Michelsen J and Zanoli R (eds.) (2008) Organic action plan evaluation toolbox (ORGAPET). Final output of the ORGAP research project(www.orgap.org) for the European Commission. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, CH.

Jackson A, Moakes S, et al. (2008). Organic Farm Incomes in England And Wales 2006/07. Aberystwyth, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

Padel S and Goessinger K (2008) (Eds.): Farmer Consumer Partnerships. Communicating ethical values: a conceptual framework. CORE Organic Project Series Report, Aberystwyth and Vienna. http://orgprints.org/11028/

Padel S (2008) Values of organic producers converting at different times: Results of a focus group study in five European countries. International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE), 7 (1), pp. 63-77.

Schader C, Sanders J, Nemecek T, Lampkin N and Stolze M (2008) A Modelling Approach for Evaluating Agri-Environmental Policies at Sector Level. Yearbook of Socioeconomics in Agriculture, 2008, pp. 93-132.

Lampkin N and Stolze M (2006) European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming. Law, Science and Policy (Vol. 3), pp. 59-73.

Lampkin N, Fowler SM, Jackson A, Jeffreys I, Lobley M, Measures M, Padel S, Reed M, Roderick S and Woodward L (2006) Sustainability assessment for organic farming - integrating financial, environmental, social and animal welfare benchmarking. What can organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 18-20 September 2006. In: Atkinson C, Ball B, Davies DHK, Rees R, Russell G, Stockdale E A, Watson C A, Walker R and Younie D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 9-13.

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