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Organic Farming: To Pursue or Not to Pursue? An Exploratory Study Based on Evidence from Bangladesh

Version 1 : Received: 22 June 2018 / Approved: 25 June 2018 / Online: 25 June 2018 (16:40:48 CEST)

How to cite: Murshed, R.; Uddin, M.R. Organic Farming: To Pursue or Not to Pursue? An Exploratory Study Based on Evidence from Bangladesh. Preprints 2018, 2018060399 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0399.v1). Murshed, R.; Uddin, M.R. Organic Farming: To Pursue or Not to Pursue? An Exploratory Study Based on Evidence from Bangladesh. Preprints 2018, 2018060399 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0399.v1).

Abstract

In the field of agricultural food production, the transition between organic and inorganic farming methods has been an issue of much debate. The debate, on one hand, stresses the urgency for the transition in order to preserve environment and health; and, on the other hand, emphasizes the pressure of maintaining food production for a large growing population. Thus, the dilemma is how to find an agricultural system that would balance between obtaining food security and ensuring a safe sustainably environment-friendly food production system. This article focuses on the debate, in the context of Bangladesh, and questions whether it is the proper time, and stage in the development process, to attempt the transition from inorganic conventional food production methods to organic food production methods. This article contemplates why the organic rice market is not expanding in Bangladesh, and attempts to explain the slow growth of the market through the two main factors of income constraint and lack of awareness among people about the environmental and health detriments of inorganic farming methods. The study is exploratory in nature, and finds that it is not mainly the lack of awareness but the income constraint that can be principally attributed to the slow expansion of the organic rice market in Bangladesh. Through exploring consumers’ awareness about organic farming methods and their demand for organic products, this study shows how income as the major constraint, besides price, affects consumers demand for organic and inorganic rice in Bangladesh. Income being identified as the major barrier reveals the potential of the organic rice market to grow in the future, as Bangladesh continues its journey towards becoming a middle-income country.

Subject Areas

consumer perception; environment; health; income level; organic farming

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