Two elements that have dominated the debate in the field in recent years are introduced and discussed: The European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming (EUOAP) and the ''revision process'' of setting-up and implementing a new EU Organic Regulation.
Furthermore, the author introduces the ''dual role'' concept as fundamental justification for political intervention into the organic sector. A method-based evaluation of the German organic action plan for the promotion of organic farming (Federal Organic Farming Scheme) is presented.
In a further section dedicated to Organic Action Plans, the book analyses the applicability and relevance of the on-going European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming. In methodological terms, the author presents the first-time application of a novel evaluation toolbox developed in an EU-funded research project. The book ends with a discussion on questions of ''stakeholder integration'' in the European organic farming policy framework.