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Profitability and policy dependency of organic farms in selected European countries

Nieberg, Dr. Hiltrud; Offermann, Dr. Frank; Thobe, Petra and Zander, Dr. Katrin (2006) Profitability and policy dependency of organic farms in selected European countries. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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This paper provides an analysis of the impact of support payments on the profitability of organic farms in Europe under changing policy environments, using different data bases and different methodologies. The analysis shows that organic farming has proven to be a financially attractive alternative to conventional farming for many farms in Europe. Organic farming payments are important for the economic situation in most European organic farms. In the public debate on the policy framework for organic farming, the emphasis is often on specific regulations and support programmes for organic farming. However, in the EU the general framework of the Common Agricultural Policy is one of the main determinants of the relative competitiveness of organic farming. The 2003 CAP reform will generally benefit organic farms in Denmark and, partly, Germany, while in Austria, in relative terms the CAP reform has a more negative / less beneficial effect on organic than comparable conventional farms. In the new member states, incomes in typical organic farms are projected to rise significantly following accession.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 2: European initiatives
Deposited By: Offermann, Dr. Frank
ID Code:7507
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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