Thank you for your comment. It may be that farmers are switching for
less than idealistic reasons, but there must be more to it than that.
If it were clearly the more profitable option for everyone, we would
presumably see mass switching. Since that isnt' the case, there must
be certain farm or farmer attributes that make switchers more
amenable to switching. One thought I have had is that maybe those
farmers who have not invested so much in capital inputs and can
therefore withstand the (at least initial) drop in productivity and
income. Maybe those who are already well versed in the various
sustainable practices find it less of a stretch than those who do not
practice as many sustainable practices. Perhaps smaller farms find
it easier to switch. I don't know, that's why I asked the question.
Regarding your comment, I have another question. Clearly we pay more
for organic in the store, but what is the premium that actually gets
to the farmers? Any organic farmers out there who can comment?
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