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Conversion to Organic Farming in Mainland Portugal

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  • Costa, Leonardo
  • Sottomayor, Miguel
  • Ribeiro, Ricardo

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The objectives of the research were: i) to assess the in-conversion period as a barrier impeding farms conversion to organic; ii) to assess the potential of conversion-grade markets in removing this barrier; iii) to identify other barriers (drives) along the food chain impeding (easing) farms conversion in mainland Portugal. Results show that the in-conversion period is not the major barrier to conversion nor is a good idea the set-up of conversion grade markets to help Portuguese farms' conversion. Conversion feasibility depends of the organic market premium prices, in intensive farms, and of the CAP organic agri-environmental area payments, in extensive farms.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark with number 24490.

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Keywords: organic farming; conversion; conversion grade markets; market premium prices; CAP payments; Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Q13;

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  1. Sigrid Stagl, 2002. "Local Organic Food Markets: Potentials and Limitations for Contributing to Sustainable Development," Empirica, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 145-162, June.
  2. Villy Søgaard, 1999. "The Development of Organic Farming in Europe," Working Papers 4/99, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Environmental and Business Economics.
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  1. Ferto, Imre & Forgacs, Csaba, 2009. "Is organic farming a chance for family farms to survive?," 111th Seminar, June 26-27, 2009, Canterbury, UK 52862, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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