Measuring and Communicating the Environmental Benefits of Organic Food Production
- Stephan Dabbert *a
Perceived environmental advantages are a key motivation for the interest in organic farming. The comparison between the environmental effects of organic and conventional farming poses a number of methodological challenges. Empirical evidence shows that organic farming is ranked at least equal, and in a number of instances better, than conventional farming for key environmental indicators. In communicating these advantages to consumers, the concept of credence characteristics is important; attempts to sell organic products to consumers on their non-use values alone are likely to fail. The positive environmental effects of organic farming can, under certain circumstances, justify policy intervention. Organic farming as an agro-environmental policy instrument is particularly useful where the goal is overall improvement of a large number of environmental indicators; in such instances its comparatively lower transaction cost is a distinct advantage. However, organic farming cannot address all agro-environmental problems.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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