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Organic farming and multicriteria decisions: An economic survey

Christensen, Tove; Olsen, Søren Bøye; Dubgaard, Alex and Kærgård, N. (2012) Organic farming and multicriteria decisions: An economic survey. Paper at: IFSA, Aarhus, Denmark, July 2012. [Completed]

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Organic food production is a sphere where decision making is multi-facetted and complex. This applies to producers, political decision makers and consumers alike. This paper provides an overview of the economic methods that can aid such multi criteria decision making. We first provide an outline of the many different Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) techniques available and their relative advantages and disadvantages. In addition, theoretical and practical problems related to the use of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and MCA respectively are briefly discussed. We then review the MCA literature on case studies on organic farming. Based on this review we provide directional markers for future research where MCA may possibly be applied and adapted in order to provide useful knowledge and support for decision makers in the context of organic farming.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Multi criteria decision making, cost benefit, organic production
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD > MULTI-TRUST
Deposited By: Christensen, seniorresearcher Tove
ID Code:21358
Deposited On:20 Sep 2012 11:34
Last Modified:11 Jan 2013 08:37
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:MULTITRUST

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