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Factors Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Farming Practices in Europe: A Systemic Review of Empirical Literature

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Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9719; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229719
Received: 9 October 2020 / Revised: 16 November 2020 / Accepted: 19 November 2020 / Published: 21 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental and Economic Performance of Farming and Food Systems)
Modern practices of industrial farming, such as mineral fertilization, caused a widespread degradation of agricultural land and water bodies in Europe. Different farm management strategies exist to reduce the impact of mineral fertilization while preserving soil productivity. The aim of this paper is to provide a thorough systemic review of contemporary literature exploring factors and conditions affecting EU farmers’ adoption of sustainable farming practices. The specific focus is on widely adopted and empirically explored measures, such as organic farming, manure treatment technologies and manure fertilization, as well as soil and water conservation methods. In total, 23 peer-reviewed studies were extracted by means of Google Scholar covering the time period between 2003 and 2019. The main findings show that farmers’ environmental and economic attitudes in addition to their sources of information have a strong effect on the adoption of organic farming, although there is a lack of evidence of their impact on adopting manure treatment and conservation measures. Similarly, farmers’ age and education are found to systemically influence organic farming adoption, but not adoption of other reviewed technologies. While other factors, such as farm physical characteristics or technological attributes, may be important determinants of adoption, it is hard to recognize definite patterns of their impact across technologies given a shortage of empirical evidence. More research utilizing standardized surveys and methods of analysis is needed to formulate qualified guidelines and recommendations for policymakers. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic farming; manure treatment; conservation agriculture; animal waste; adoption factors organic farming; manure treatment; conservation agriculture; animal waste; adoption factors
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Serebrennikov, D.; Thorne, F.; Kallas, Z.; McCarthy, S.N. Factors Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Farming Practices in Europe: A Systemic Review of Empirical Literature. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9719. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229719

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Serebrennikov D, Thorne F, Kallas Z, McCarthy SN. Factors Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Farming Practices in Europe: A Systemic Review of Empirical Literature. Sustainability. 2020; 12(22):9719. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229719

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Serebrennikov, Dmytro, Fiona Thorne, Zein Kallas, and Sinéad N. McCarthy 2020. "Factors Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Farming Practices in Europe: A Systemic Review of Empirical Literature" Sustainability 12, no. 22: 9719. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229719

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