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Understanding the uptake of organic farming: accounting for heterogeneities among Irish farmers

Läpple, D. and Kelley, H. (2013) Understanding the uptake of organic farming: accounting for heterogeneities among Irish farmers. Ecological Economics, Vol. 88: 11-19. , 88, pp. 11-19.

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Summary

This paper examines the decisions of Irish farmers to convert to organic farming by applying the theory of planned behaviour to control for social influence and technical constraints. Cluster analysis and principal component analysis are utilised to account for sample heterogeneity and to identify heterogeneities in farmer beliefs regarding adoption of organic methods. The results indicate that the impact of economic incentives and technical barriers varies, while social acceptance of organic farming constrains adoption. These findings suggest that policy incentives mainly based on subsidy payments may be insufficient to increase the organic sector in the presence of social and technical barriers.
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EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation: Ireland
Ireland > National University of Ireland, Galway
Deposited By: Clavin, Mr Dan
ID Code:22494
Deposited On:29 Mar 2013 10:00
Last Modified:29 Mar 2013 10:06
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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