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

  • Douadia Bougherara
  • Gilles Grolleau
  • Naoufel Mzoughi

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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