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Buy local, pollute less: What drives households to join a community supported farm?

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  • Bougherara, Douadia
  • Grolleau, Gilles
  • Mzoughi, Naoufel

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This paper examines which factors determine the participation of households in long term contracting with local farmers. Are households motivated by reducing the environmental impacts of their food consumption? A discrete-choice model of community supported agriculture (CSA) participation is applied to a sample of 264 French households. The findings suggest that difficult-to-measure attributes, notably environmental considerations play a major role in explaining CSA participation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 68 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (March)
Pages: 1488-1495

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:68:y:2009:i:5:p:1488-1495

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Keywords: Community supported agriculture Food supply Transaction cost economics;

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  1. Curtis, Kynda & Ward, Ruby & Allen, Karin & Slocum, Susan, 2013. "Impacts of Community Supported Agriculture Program Participation on Consumer Food Purchases and Dietary Choice," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 44(1), March.
  2. Lombardi, Alessia & Pascucci, Stefano & Cembalo, Luigi & Dentoni, Domenico, 2012. "Governance Mechanisms in Food Community Networks," 2012 International European Forum, February 13-17, 2012, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 144980, International European Forum on Innovation and System Dynamics in Food Networks.
  3. Chad M. Baum, 2013. "The Missing Link between Research and Reality: the significance of the relationship between retail format and organic food consumption," Jena Economic Research Papers 2013-049, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  4. Bîrhală, Brînduşa & Möllers, Judith, 2014. "Community supported agriculture: Is it driven by economy or solidarity?," IAMO Discussion Papers 144, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO).

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