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Investigating Farmer’s Perceptions of Adopting Alternative Farming Systems

  • Sotirios PapadopoulosEmail author
  • Eleni Zafeiriou
  • Christos Karelakis
  • Theodoros Koutroumanidis
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

Organic and integrated agriculture are recently developed alternative farming systems aimed at controlling environmental impacts and assuring the quality of agricultural products. Here we aim to: (1) describe the characteristics of certified of organic and integrated farms; and (2) analyze the factors affecting the farmers’ decision to implement either organic, integrated or conventional farming. The survey was based on a multinomial analysis applied to data obtained from a survey of farmers (structured questionnaire) in Greece. The findings confirmed that the decision to opt for one of three forms of agriculture was based on both the farms’ characteristics and the farmer’s attitudes.

Keywords

Sustainable Organic Conventional agriculture Farmers Perceptions Common agricultural policy 

JEL Classification Codes

Q10 Q15 Q18 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sotirios Papadopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eleni Zafeiriou
    • 1
  • Christos Karelakis
    • 1
  • Theodoros Koutroumanidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural DevelopmentDemocritus University of ThraceOrestiadaGreece

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