Increasing the adoption intensity of sustainable agricultural practices in Europe: Farm and practice level insights

B Thompson*, AP Barnes, L Toma

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Abstract

Understanding what influences the adoption of multiple sustainable farming practices, a concept we call
adoption intensity, is critical to the sustainable development of our food system. Drawing on a survey of European farmers, and using structural equation modelling, we found dispositional influences important for
adoption intensity at the farm-level but not as important for adoption intensity across all aspects of farm
management. Productivity objectives were negatively associated with adoption intensity, but value chain support was positively associated, indicating the important role of the supply chain at the farm level. Participation in
agri-environment schemes was not associated with farm-level adoption intensity but did have a positive association with adoption intensity in three farm management categories. These results have important implications
for sustainable agricultural policy development and highlight the need to consider different incentives based on
the scale of the change to be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115663
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume320
Early online date5 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 15 Oct 2022

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Keywords

  • Sustainable
  • Agriculture
  • Policy
  • Behaviour
  • SEM
  • Europe
  • Farmers
  • Motivation
  • Farms
  • Humans
  • Agriculture/methods

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