These proceedings present the papers and reviews given at the National Symposium on Organic Agriculture: Research and Development. The symposium was held in Canberra by the Australian National University and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation from 30 June to 3 July, 1996.
The symposium was attended by some 60 participants from the Australian organic agriculture industry. Participants included farmers, processors, retailers, domestic and export traders, researchers and representatives from government agencies and authorities.
The symposium was organised to provide a forum to review the state of the industry, identify key issues and areas of concern, and to develop strategies for its future development.
The papers and panel discussions presented here review the state of the industry in the areas of farming practice, the production and processing of organic products, product certification schemes, market development, government initiatives and research and development.
The symposium went on to identify key issues, goals and targets, and developed a national strategy for the industry. The RIRDC report of the symposium’s outcomes and the national strategy is published as a separate volume to these proceedings, entitled From Farmer to Consumer. The Future for Organic Agriculture in Australia