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Urban Environmental Quality and Sustainable Food Sourcing: A Spatial Approach Using Italian Provincial Data

Massimiliano Agovino, Antonio Garofalo and Angela Mariani

RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA', 2014, vol. 2014/2, issue 2, 139-157

Abstract: Environmental pollution affects human health and well-being, not only directly, but also indirectly due to its effects on food safety and urban and peri-urban agriculture. Proper indicators of urban environmental quality could improve the measurement of the health and well-being component of the Human Development Index. In this paper, by using the Legambiente Index and the Local Moran Transition Probability Matrix, we assess and compare the performance of Italian provinces’ in providing urban environmental quality. Results show a persistent dualism between Northern and Southern Italy and the absence of positive environmental spillover among neighboring provinces. In Southern Italy, policymakers should focus more on improving sustainable food sourcing for a more sustainable and resilient urban development.

Keywords: Qualità ambientale; matrice delle probabilità di transizione locali di moran; statistica spaziale; indice di Legambiente; diffusione spaziale; analisi esplorativa dei dati spaziali (AEDS) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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