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Organic farming between professionalisation and conventionalisation - The need for a more discerning view of farmer practices

Darnhofer, Ika (2006) Organic farming between professionalisation and conventionalisation - The need for a more discerning view of farmer practices. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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The recent changes in organic farming practices (e.g. larger farms, simplification of crop rotations, organic farms without animal husbandry) are sometimes seen as a first indication of conventionalisation of on-farm practices. Although conventionalisation is possible, changes in organic farming also need to be seen from an evolutionary perspective: change is necessary to adapt to a changing environment. It might thus be useful to take a closer look at the changes taking place, distinguishing between first order changes, i.e. changes that do not undermine organic farming’s principles (e.g. professionalisation) and second order changes, i.e. changes that may lead organic farming onto the same development trajectory as conventional farming.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Indicators and other value-laden measures
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 3: What should be the rule?
Deposited By: Darnhofer, Dr. Ika
ID Code:7390
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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