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Methodological challenges for organic dairy cattle research and development: Practice based evidence rather than evidence based practice

Baars, Ton (2006) Methodological challenges for organic dairy cattle research and development: Practice based evidence rather than evidence based practice. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Summary

Several recent studies on the results of organic dairy farmers show that this system is not always better than conventional (Brinkman and Winkler, 2006). Sundrum (2006) asks, if there are no differences in the quality between organic and conventional products, why should consumers pay a higher price for these products? There are several possible reasons why ODF does not show the outcomes in relation to animal health and welfare that we might expect from the stated intentions:
1. The economic situation of the farms, price and the lack of a suitable schemes to reward high quality milk production.
2. R&D support of ODF, how research topics and research methods are chosen, and the communication between researchers, advisors and farmers.
3. The power of established institutions and the courage of farmers in making a difference.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Biodynamic Agriculture
International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 7: Development of livestock production systems
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:8135
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:08 Jul 2010 10:30
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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