Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 4, Issue 2,2006
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

The agricultural specialists’ attitudes toward alternative sustainable agricultural paradigms: A Galileo method analysis


K. Rezaei-Moghaddam 1, E. Karami 2, J. Woelfel 3*

Recieved Date: 2005-12-04, Accepted Date: 2006-03-26


In an attempt to provide an agenda for sustainable agricultural development, the aim of this paper is to use Galileo methodology to illustrate the attitudes of Agricultural Organization (Jehad-e-Keshavarzi) specialists of two southern province of Iran towards the basic premises of Ecological Modernization (EM) and De-Modernization (DM) based sustainable agricultural paradigms. Data were collected from 189 agricultural specialists using a systematic random sampling method. Cognitive maps of attitude toward the two sustainable agricultural development paradigms were developed. It is concluded that there is a great distance between present and ideal agriculture of Iran. While present Iran’s agriculture is more close to the premises of DM, agricultural specialists portray the future agricultural polices around EM-based agricultural paradigm.


Galileo method, Ecological Modernization, De-Modernization, Sustainable agricultural development paradigms, Iran

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2006
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Category: Environment
Pages: 310-319

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