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CONVERSION to ORGANIC FARMING in MAINLAND PORTUGAL

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  • Leonardo Costa

    () (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

  • Miguel Sottomayor

    (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

  • Ricardo Ribeiro

    (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

Abstract

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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  • Leonardo Costa & Miguel Sottomayor & Ricardo Ribeiro, 2008. "CONVERSION to ORGANIC FARMING in MAINLAND PORTUGAL," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 102008, Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
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    1. Karen Klonsky, 2000. "Forces impacting the production of organic foods," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 17(3), pages 233-243, September.
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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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    Keywords

    organic farming; conversion; conversion grade markets; market premium prices; CAP payments.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness

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