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Predictors for interest to change from conventional to organic horticultural production


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Mattila, Tiina E.A.; Heikkinen, Juha M.; Koivisto, Anu M. and Rautiainen, Risto H. (2018) Predictors for interest to change from conventional to organic horticultural production. Agricultural and Food Science, 27 (3), pp. 217-226.

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Online at: https://journal.fi/afs/article/view/65392/36664


This study addressed factors influencing farmers’ decisions to switch from conventional to organic farming with special focus on outdoor horticulture production. A total of 343 horticulture producers responded to a survey con-ducted in 2014. The results indicate 12.1% of the farmers with conventional horticulture production were interested in converting to organic. Small farm size, horticulture being only a minor part of the enterprise, intermediate estimated yields, greater intent to grow new crops, hiring labor, having other income sources in addition to agriculture and participating in training courses emerged as significant predictors for the intention to switch to organic production in multivariable regression modeling. These results suggest potential to increase organic production could be found particularly among smaller part-time enterprises actively seeking new crops and knowledge.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming, horticulture, agriculture, production
Agrovoc keywords:
Englishorganic farming -> organic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Food systems
Research affiliation: Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute > Ecological Production
Deposited By: Autio, Ms. Sari
ID Code:35132
Deposited On:02 Apr 2019 12:50
Last Modified:02 Apr 2019 12:50
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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