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Social Values in Stimulating Organic Production Involvement in Farming—The Case of Poland

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Department of Ecological Economics, Faculty of Economics and Finance, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, 53-345 Wroclaw, Poland
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Department of Marketing Research, Faculty of Management, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, 53-345 Wroclaw, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 5945; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12155945
Received: 19 June 2020 / Revised: 8 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 23 July 2020
The main research problem discussed in this paper involves evaluation of the motives of agricultural producers for pursuing and developing organic production. The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate the role of social values in stimulating decisions of involvement in organic production. Analytical observations were conducted on the basis of responses to surveys on a nation-representative sample in Poland (350 conventional farms and 70 organic farms in 2011; 260 conventional farms and 65 organic farms in 2019). Analyses were conducted in relation to the potential and perspectives for development of organic farming. They were focused on identifying the original motives for such decisions (incentives and disincentives). This allowed for effective evaluation of both the trend and the pace of the studied processes. The development potential of organic farming in Poland was estimated at 5–15% of the total number of farms. The most important factors encouraging farmers to take up production are associated with social values (care for the natural environment and family health). A significant chance for the development of organic production is the expected demand growth, which is also related to social values: the increasing environmental awareness and environmental change of consumption patterns. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; organic farmers; social values; producer groups sustainable agriculture; organic farmers; social values; producer groups
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Kociszewski, K.; Graczyk, A.; Mazurek-Łopacinska, K.; Sobocińska, M. Social Values in Stimulating Organic Production Involvement in Farming—The Case of Poland. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5945.

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