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

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

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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