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A critique of methodologies for the comparison of organic and conventional farming systems

Lee, Howard and Fowler, Susan (2002) A critique of methodologies for the comparison of organic and conventional farming systems. In: Powell, Jane and et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 281-284.

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This paper was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference of the Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR).
A review is presented of comparative studies of organic and conventional farming systems, with a special focus upon economic criteria. The different categories of comparison methodologies are critically reviewed. Conclusions are that classic experimentation has a valuable part to play but that more qualitative assessment can also be useful and should be encouraged. Careful allowance should be made for major background differences in management when comparing financial profitability. Longer term case studies, which try to monitor organic systems in their own right, should also be encouraged.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:literature review; farming systems; farm surveys, field studies; case studies; economics; methodologies; management; Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR)
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Farming Systems
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
UK > Other organizations
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Organic Centre Wales (OCW)
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Related Links:https://orgprints.org/6775/
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8234
Deposited On:28 Apr 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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