Vartdal, Barbro and Løes, Anne-Kristin (1994) Farmers' approaches to organic farming; motivations, barriers and different strategies. In: Granstedt, Artur and Koistinen, Riitta (Eds.) Converting to organic agriculture. NJF-report 93, Appendix. Proceedings of NJF seminar 237, Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists (NJF), St Michel, Finland, NJF report, no. 93, pp. 48-61.
Conversion to organic agriculture as a process of social adaptation was qualitatively analysed by the sociologists Barbro Vartdal and Arild Blekesaune during 1990-92. Altogether, 33 farmers were analysed, giving the sociologists interviews, written diaries or reports as material. The farmers participated in the "30 farm-project", conducted by the Norwegian Centre for Ecological Agriculture. The sociologists described three categories of eco-farmers, according to whether the farmer was cosmopolitically or locally orientated: The antroposopher,the ecosopher and the reformist. Their motivations of farming, conversion and mastering strategies as well as social barriers for conversion were described. It is argued that conversion is a social process as well as a process of agronomy.
|EPrint Type:||Conference paper, poster, etc.|
|Type of presentation:||Speech|
|Keywords:||social environment, conversion, farmer, motivation, local community|
|Subjects:||Farming Systems > Social aspects|
|Research affiliation:|| Norway > Centre for Rural Research|
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
|Deposited By:||Løes, Anne-Kristin|
|Deposited On:||23 Aug 2011 13:55|
|Last Modified:||23 Aug 2011 13:55|
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