July 28, 2003:
A growing demand for organic goods does not mean growing opportunities
for interested graduate students according to a recent article in
The Guardian. While organic products are predicted to account
for 10% of European food production by 2010, post graduate studies
in organic agriculture are still limited with only three university
offering degree options.
But while future organic experts may not have the campus selections
of conventional ag students, a quality education in the art of chemical-free
farming can be found.The Royal Agricultural College offers an extensive
program that includes not only a through look at how organic farming
works but also classes in sustainability concepts, organic production
systems and interpreting consumer demand. Want something less intensive
then for a full MSc, Aberystwyth's Institute of Rural Affairs offers
a postgrad certificate in organic business management or a very
interesting two semester postgraduate diploma in organic agriculture.
For more information on post-graduate opportunities in organic farming
Brignall's July 5, 2003 article in The Guardian.