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Has organic farming modernized itself out of business? - Reverting to conventional methods in Denmark

Kaltoft, Pernille and Risgaard, Marie-Louise (2005) Has organic farming modernized itself out of business? - Reverting to conventional methods in Denmark. In: Reed, M. and Holt, G. (Eds.) Sociological Perspectives of Organic Agriculture: From Pioneer to Policy. CABI, chapter 8.

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This case study illustrates that reversion to conventional farming does not take place due to technical problems related to production but that farmers in general decided to stop farming organically due to economic problems – primarily marketing problems – and because of changes in regulations. Almost none of the reverters wished to start using pesticides again and most of them also considered organic farming to be a professional challenge. In general, however, organic and conventional production modes were found to be very similar and furthermore the general structural development was considered inevitable – also with in organic farming. It is discussed whether the farmers’ lack of organic consumption may influence their connection to the organic farming mode.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Reversion, organic farming, case study
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > III.5 Nature quality in organic farming
Deposited By: Risgaard, Cand.agro. Marie-Louise
ID Code:6482
Deposited On:13 Dec 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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