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Contemporary Challenges to the Organic Farming: A Polish and Hungarian Case Study

Department of Tourism and Recreation, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 8005; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148005
Received: 19 June 2021 / Revised: 14 July 2021 / Accepted: 14 July 2021 / Published: 17 July 2021
From year to year, there is an increasing demand for agricultural produce from certified organic farms. However, Poland and Hungary’s demand for this product is almost twenty times smaller than in Western European countries. The greater the demand by consumers for organic farming products, the more agricultural producers decide to switch from conventional farming to organic farming, and this farming is more environmentally friendly because it uses energy and natural resources responsibly, maintains biodiversity, maintains regional ecological balance, improves soil food, and maintains good water quality. This research aimed to compare the motives and barriers to running organic farms in Poland and Hungary, and the challenges farmers must face to undertake the trouble of running an organic farm. The research was carried out among 400 Polish and 400 Hungarian farmers running organic farms. For statistical calculations, discriminant analysis, as well as single-base and chain indices, were used. The main barriers for establishing organic farms: the necessity to adapt one’s farm to the EU requirements, using only natural fertilizers, low yields, the lack of proper advice, and a high degree of bureaucracy. Therefore, for organic farming to develop, further education is needed, both for farmers and consumers. An important aspect is improving the quality of the regulations and simplifying the administrative burden related to organic farming. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic farming; certification; motives and barriers; organic food; Poland; Hungary organic farming; certification; motives and barriers; organic food; Poland; Hungary
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Mazurek-Kusiak, A.; Sawicki, B.; Kobyłka, A. Contemporary Challenges to the Organic Farming: A Polish and Hungarian Case Study. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8005. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148005

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Mazurek-Kusiak A, Sawicki B, Kobyłka A. Contemporary Challenges to the Organic Farming: A Polish and Hungarian Case Study. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):8005. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148005

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Mazurek-Kusiak, Anna, Bogusław Sawicki, and Agata Kobyłka. 2021. "Contemporary Challenges to the Organic Farming: A Polish and Hungarian Case Study" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 8005. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148005

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