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Pesticide use in tomato production: Consumer concerns and willingness-to-pay

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  • Robert D. Weaver

    (Agricultural Economics, at The Pennsylvania State University)

  • David J. Evans

    (Agricultural Economics, at The Pennsylvania State University)

  • A. E. Luloff

    (Rural Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University)

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Consumer attitudes toward pesticide use and residues in fresh produce and tomatoes were assessed using personal interviews of shoppers in produce sections of retail grocery stores. The results indicated a lower frequency of concern for pesticide use than earlier studies and a belief in both personal and external effects of pesticide use indicating altruism may affect consumer purchases. Almost half of the respondents indicated a willingness-to-accept cosmetic defects in chemical pesticide residue-free (CPRF) tomatoes. The majority of respondents indicated willingness-to-pay up to 10% more for CPRF tomatoes.

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  • Robert D. Weaver & David J. Evans & A. E. Luloff, 1992. "Pesticide use in tomato production: Consumer concerns and willingness-to-pay," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(2), pages 131-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:8:y:1992:i:2:p:131-142
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199203)8:2<131::AID-AGR2720080205>3.0.CO;2-W
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    1. Stephen L. Ott, 1990. "Supermarket shoppers' pesticide concerns and willingness to purchase certified pesticide residue-free fresh produce," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(6), pages 593-602.
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