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Koesling, Matthias; Løes, Anne-Kristin; Flaten, Ola; Kristensen, Niels Heine and Hansen, Mette Weinreich (2012) Farmers’ reasons for deregistering from organic farming. Organic Agriculture, 2 (2), pp. 103-116.

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Every year since 2002, 150 to 200 farmers in Norway have deregistered from certified organic production. The aim of this study was to get behind these figures and improve our understanding of the reasoning leading to decisions to opt out. Four cases of deregistered organic farmers with grain, sheep, dairy or vegetable production were selected for in-depth studies. The cases were analysed from the perspective of individual competencies and the competencies available in the networks of the selected organic farmers. Besides the conspicuous reasons to opt out of certified organic farming, such as regulations getting stricter over time and low income, personal reasons such as disappointment and need for acceptance were also important. This shows that hard mechanisms, such as economic support and premium prices, are not sufficient to motivate farmers for sustained organic management. Support and encouragement, for example from people in the local community, politicians and other spokespersons, would likely contribute to increase farmers’ motivation.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic agriculture, motivation, competence, interview, deregistering, case study, opting out
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
Norway > NILF - Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute
Deposited By: Koesling, Matthias
ID Code:21599
Deposited On:18 Oct 2012 12:34
Last Modified:18 Oct 2012 12:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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