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Views on Sustainability and the Willingness to Adopt an Environmental management System in the Mexican Vegetable Sector

Padilla-Bernal, Luz E., Lara-Herrera, Alfredo, Alberto Velez Rodriguez and Maria Loureiro

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 2018, vol. 21, issue 3

Abstract: In Mexico, agriculture’s main environmental problems are related to water resources, deforestation and soil erosion. These problems are more acute in arid or semiarid regions such as in the state of Zacatecas. Environmental management systems (EMS) can be an alternate means for improving environmental conditions. In this study, factors that determine willingness to adopt an EMS in the vegetable production units of the state of Zacatecas were identified. We also analysed views on sustainability and production practices oriented toward environmental management and care of natural resources, as well as drivers and barriers to EMS adoption. Factors determining EMS adoption were level of education, awareness of the importance of caring for and protecting natural resources, application of agricultural practices oriented toward protecting the environment, and ignorance of environmental problems.

Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.269668

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