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Has organic farming modernised itself out of business? An analysis of reverting organic farmers

Kaltoft, Pernille and Risgaard, Marie-Louise (2004) Has organic farming modernised itself out of business? An analysis of reverting organic farmers. Paper at: IRSA XI World Congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norway, July 25-30, 2004. [Unpublished]

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In Denmark organic farming presently experiences a recession with 500 organic farmers leaving the organic sector this year (out of a total of 3500 farmers) and a lot more are considering to revert. A range of earlier studies has reported on the process of modernisation of organic farming. Not at least in Denmark where a lot of conventional farmers have converted to the organic mode of production and where conventional/traditional production and distribution channels have adopted a line of organic products, and the established extension and advisory service includes both conventional and organic farming.
The analysis in this paper is based on two qualitative interview studies among Danish organic farmers reverting in three regions of Denmark. The one region is unique in Denmark regarding organic farming. It has a higher percentage of organic farmers than anywhere else and a local history, including a German farmer minority by whom conversion was driven in the first place. The analysis will discuss why the farmers are reverting (and why they converted in the first place), what organic farming represents for them, what did they learn, has farming organically changed anything with respect to farming practices, local community etc. The study is part of a bigger project on localisation of organic farming in Denmark.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Denmark
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > III.5 Nature quality in organic farming
Deposited By: Kaltoft, senior scientist Pernille
ID Code:2681
Deposited On:01 Jun 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The paper will be submitted for a journal after the conference in July.

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