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Factors influencing the conversion to organic farming in Norway

Koesling, Matthias; Flaten, Ola and Lien, Gudbrand (2008) Factors influencing the conversion to organic farming in Norway. [Factors influencing the conversion to organic farming in Norway.] International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE), Special Issue on: "Continuity and Change in Organic Farming - Philosophy, Practice and Policy" (Vol. 7; Issue 1/2), pp. 78-95.

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Determinants of the decision to convert to organic farming methods are examined by applying bivariate analyses and a multinomial logit model to a survey of 1018 Norwegian crop and dairy farmers. The results show that 4% of the conventional respondents plan to convert by 2009, which may imply that the national goal of 10% organically managed area will not be achieved. The analysis indicates that organic farmers, compared to their conventional counterparts, are more likely to have larger farms, more education, be located closer to urban areas, be crop farmers, have 'sustainable and environment-friendly farming' as a goal and hold favourable views about the values of organic farming methods. Even though the farmers who are planning to convert seem to be more business-minded and less organically oriented than the existing organic producers, policies for promoting organic farming which confine itself to financial considerations may miss important factors which prompt farmers to convert.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:adoption; motivation; survey; multinomial logit; Norway; organic farming; crop farmers; dairy farmers; values; agricultural policy, ØKORISK
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Values, standards and certification
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: Norway > NILF - Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
Deposited By: Koesling, Matthias
ID Code:14870
Deposited On:16 Jan 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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