Title Agricultural Sustainability from a Societal View: An Analysis of Southern Spanish Citizens
External publication No
Means J. Agric. Environ. Ethics
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 1.25000
SJR Impact 0.47100
Area International
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Publication date 01/01/2013
ISI 000316908800011
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84875529824
DOI 10.1007/s10806-011-9371-x
Abstract Sustainable agriculture refers to farming systems with economic, social, and environmental viability that must respond to citizens' interests and concerns. However, European citizens are not satisfied with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) due to misinterpretation of their preferences. Because of this, the European agricultural model's long-term viability is being questioned, especially after the European Commission's CAP proposals in 2011. This paper examines European agriculture's potential sustainability with regard to citizens' preferences. First, focus groups and the Analytic Hierarchy Process are used to identify and quantify southern Spanish citizens' preferences for farming. Second, socio-demographic features and opinions that determine preferences towards agriculture are studied by a multinomial logit model and a cluster analysis. A comparison is made between citizens' preferences and the CAP aims because the CAP aims address all European farming. The main results indicate that agricultural economic, environmental, and social functions are equally important to the respondents in our study, even though the CAP prioritizes the economic ones. However, some citizen groups agree with the agricultural model designed by the CAP. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keywords alternative agriculture; cluster analysis; Common Agricultural Policy; demand analysis; European Commission; hierarchical system; Spain
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