Adoption of greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture: an analysis of dairy farmers' perceptions and adoption behaviour

K Glenk, V Eory, S Colombo, AP Barnes

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Abstract

The agenda towards greenhouse gas mitigation within agriculture implies changes in farm management practices. Based on a survey of Scottish dairy farmers, this study investigates farmers' perceptions of how different GHG mitigation practices affect the economic and environmental performance of their farms, and the degree to which those farmers have adopted those practices. The results of the farm survey data are used to identify promising mitigation practices for immediate policy support based on their potential for additional adoption by farmers, their perceived contribution to the farm's financial and environmental performance and information on their cost-effectiveness. The study demonstrates the usefulness of including adoption behaviour and farmers' perception of mitigation practices to inform early stages of policy development. Thiswould ultimately contribute to the robustness and effectiveness of climate change mitigation policies in the agricultural sector. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49 - 58
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Economics
Volume108
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 2014

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Keywords

  • Best-Worst-Scaling
  • Climate change
  • Dairy farming
  • Mitigation
  • Stated preferences
  • Technology adoption

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