The analysis of the current forms of organic chicken husbandry in the Czech Republic and their social consequences
L. Zagatahttps://doi.org/10.17221/48/2009-AGRICECONCitation:Zagata L. (2009): The analysis of the current forms of organic chicken husbandry in the Czech Republic and their social consequences. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 55: 271-283.
The paper deals with the development of the organic sector in the Czech Republic and by this it joins the current debate on the conventionalisation of organic agriculture. Using the case study method, it explores the situation of organically reared chicken. The main goal of the study is to find out to what extent the methods of organic farmers comply with the model of sustainable food production. The empirical analysis is based on the quantitative and qualitative approach. The results point out three different groups of producers, which are then described in detail with regard to their practices. The study suggests that the organic sector in the Czech Republic is becoming more differentiated and some of its current forms may violate the principles of sustainability. At the same time, it argues that this situation results from a more general framework of the modern society, which entails structures that are contradicting per se the sustainable model of food production.Keywords:conventionalisation, sustainable development, alternative food networks, hygienic mode of control, organic eggs, organic chicken meat