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Organic dairy farming in Norway in relation to the ‘conventionalisation’ debate

Flaten, Ola and Lien, Gudbrand (2006) Organic dairy farming in Norway in relation to the ‘conventionalisation’ debate. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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The new organic farmers may differ from their more established colleagues, which may have implications for the development of the organic farming sector and its distinctiveness vis-à-vis conventional production practices. The aim of this study was to explore organic farmers’ characteristics, farming goals and conversion motives, grouped by year of conversion (three groups). A survey was undertaken among organic dairy farmers in Norway. The newcomers (converted in 2000 or later) were younger and less educated than the early entrants who converted in 1995 or earlier. The newcomer herds were fed more concentrates and had higher milk production intensity than the herds of the two earlier converting groups. Newcomers more often mentioned goals related to profit and leisure time. The early entrants were more strongly motivated by food quality and soil fertility/pollution issues than the others, whereas financial reasons were relatively more important among the newcomers. Even though trends towards more pragmatic and business oriented farming were found, the majority of the newcomers were fairly committed.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 3: What should be the rule?
Deposited By: Flaten, Dr. Ola
ID Code:7232
Deposited On:10 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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