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Information Acquisition and Adoption of Organic Farming Practices: Evidence from Farm Operations in Crete, Greece

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  • Margarita Genius

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    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

  • Christos Pantzios
  • Vangelis Tzouvelekas

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

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The objective of the paper is to model the degree of organic farming adoption as well as the importance of technical information acquisition in the adoption decision process. In doing so, a trivariate ordered probit model is specified and implemented in the case of organic farming adoption in Crete, Greece. The results suggest that the decisions of information acquisition and adoption are indeed correlated and different farming information sources play a complementary role. Policies required to encourage organic farming adoption should be primarily structural while the provision of technical information is more crucial than conversion subsidies if total organic adoption is to be pursued.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0305.

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Keywords: Technology adoption; information acquisition; organic farming; Crete; Greece;

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