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Analyzing Opinions on Sustainable Agriculture: Toward Increasing Farmer Knowledge of Organic Practices in Taiwan-Yuanli Township

Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3843; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143843
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 8 July 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 14 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife)
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Abstract

Local farmer knowledge is key to sustainable agriculture when organic farming promotes biodiversity conservation. Yet, farmers may not recognize ecosystem service (ES) benefits within their agricultural landscape. Surveys were administered to 113 farmers, and the opinions of 58 respondents toward organic farming were analyzed to identify influential variables when deciding to farm organically. We classified responses by geographic category within a socio-economic production landscape (SEPL), and by social influence categories. With principal component analysis (PCA), a two-scale, four-phased analysis was conducted. Coastal farmers (n = 22) were the most positive towards organic farming trends due to consumer demand. Plains farmers (n = 18) were highly interested in future opportunities for achieving consumer health and food safety objectives. Mountain farmers (n = 18) perceived the most organic transitioning barriers overall, namely irrigation. In all three geographic categories, farming decisions were not primarily related to biodiversity conservation or ES management, but rather to farming community patterns, consumer feedback, and a lack of barriers. Further, farmer opinions toward organic practices were more influenced by their life experiences than by school-taught concepts. Since no previous studies have assessed the knowledge, values, and opinions on organic farming of Taiwan’s west coast farmers from an ES perspective, the proposed approach both identifies farmers’ knowledge and opinions, and verifies a satoyama landscape with PCA results for informed decision making. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; organic farming; farmer knowledge; farmer opinions; ecosystem services; satoyama sustainable agriculture; organic farming; farmer knowledge; farmer opinions; ecosystem services; satoyama
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Petway, J.R.; Lin, Y.-P.; Wunderlich, R.F. Analyzing Opinions on Sustainable Agriculture: Toward Increasing Farmer Knowledge of Organic Practices in Taiwan-Yuanli Township. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3843.

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