Why do French winegrowers adopt soil organic carbon sequestration practices? Understanding motivations and barriers

Florian Thomas Payen, Dominic Moran, Jean-Yves Cahurel, Matthew Aitkenhead, Peter Alexander, Michael MacLeod

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Abstract

Soil carbon sequestration (SCS) practices on French agricultural land are part of the portfolio of actions available to policymakers in the field of climate change mitigation and are central to the success of the “4 per 1,000” initiative, launched by France in 2015. To date, there has been limited research considering their applicability to vineyards. A survey was circulated to 506 French winegrowers to identify the adoption rate of six SCS practices in the viticultural sector (applying organic amendments, using biochar, returning pruning residues to the soil, no-tillage, cover cropping, and introducing or preserving hedges in the vineyard) and to explore motives and barriers to adoption. The survey also investigated ways of overcoming barriers to adoption and winegrowers' perception of agri-environment measures. Differences in motivations and barriers between SCS practices were found, and winegrowers themselves suggested a need for improved communication of evidence about SCS practices and better-targeted policy incentives to support adoption.
Original languageEnglish
Article number994364
Number of pages20
JournalFrontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Volume6
Early online date6 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 6 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Soil carbon sequestration
  • Vineyards
  • Farming practices
  • Farmer attitudes
  • Adoption behaviour
  • Agri-environment schemes

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