FSE-21306 Organic Agriculture and Society


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work3
Excursion (one day)12
Course coordinator(s)BR van Pelt
Lecturer(s)BR van Pelt
drs. CA Langeveld
drs. APHM Janssen
dr. PTM Ingenbleek
prof. dr. ir. RPO Schulte
Examiner(s)dr. ir. EA Lantinga

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge of agricultural production.


Organic production and consumption have grown considerably worldwide. This course is geared towards a systems analysis of the organic production chain from farm and rural environment to consumer and market. Sustainability is a key issue for organic production systems and therefore economic, social and ecological aspects of production are treated. The motivation of consumers to buy organic will also receive attention.

Learning outcomes:

Students are expected to be able to:
- analyse the organic production system and chain;
- evaluate sustainability of organic agro-ecosystems;
- understand the motivation of consumers and farmers;
- explain principles of organic regulation and certification;
- indicate strong and weak points, chances, threats and perspectives for organic agriculture, processing and marketing.


- lectures (C);
- projects (PJ);
- excursion (EE);
- tutorials (SW)


- written exam (60%);
- group research report (30%);
- individual contribution group research report (10%).
All components have to be completed with a mark of 5.5 or higher.


All reading material will be will be provided via blackboard.

Verplicht voor: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScC: Double Degree Agroecology1MO
Keuze voor: MOAOrganic AgricultureMSc1MO, 5AF
Verplicht voor: WUSACBSc Minor Sustainable Agriculture and Consumption5AF