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Welfare Effects of Food Miles Labels

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  • Caputo, Vincenzina
  • Vassilopoulos, Achilleas
  • Nayga, Rodolfo M., Jr.
  • Canavari, Maurizio

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We assessed the consumer welfare effects of two generic food miles labels: carbon dioxide (CO2) emission label and number of miles label. Using data from a choice experiment, our results generally suggest that a mandatory labeling policy for either type of label would have a positive welfare effect on both informed and uninformed consumers. However, a label informing consumers about the number of miles the food product has travelled provides greater positive welfare effects than a label informing consumers about the amount of CO2 emission.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 120th Seminar, September 2-4, 2010, Chania, Crete with number 109314.

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Keywords: welfare effect; generic food miles labelling programs; choice experiment; Italy.; Agricultural and Food Policy; Consumer/Household Economics; Demand and Price Analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty; Marketing;

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