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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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  • Caputo, Vincenzina & Vassilopoulos, Achilleas & Nayga, Rodolfo M., Jr. & Canavari, Maurizio, 2010. "Welfare Effects of Food Miles Labels," 120th Seminar, September 2-4, 2010, Chania, Crete 109314, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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