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Institutional Change and Acceptance of Quality Assurance: The Case of Organic Farming in Germany

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  • Schulze, Holger
  • Jahn, Gabriele
  • Spiller, Achim
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    The institutional framework of the certification scheme is a crucial factor for the future success of the organic market. Increasing complexity and a few scandals indicate that the current control structures might be insufficient. A better understanding of farmers’ attitudes is necessary to increase acceptance and to guarantee the longer-term success of the organic certification system. Against this background we designed a theoretical framework based on a cognitive perspective. The empirical basis of the study was a survey conducted with organic farmers in Germany. Results highlight that the majority of the farmers accept the present organic certification system, but are not convinced of its cost-benefit relationship.

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    Paper provided by International European Forum on Innovation and System Dynamics in Food Networks in its series 2007 1st Forum, February 15-17, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria with number 6597.

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    Keywords: organic certification system; food quality; institutional change; guidelines and control; Farm Management; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Marketing;

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