Understanding preferences for interventions to reduce microbiological contamination in Dutch vegetable production
Asseldonk, M.A.P.M. Van; Malaguti, L. ; Breukers, M.L.H. ; Fels, H.J. van der - \ 2018
Journal of Food Protection 81 (2018)6. - ISSN 0362-028X - p. 892 - 897.
Behavior - Fresh produce - Incentive - Microbiology - Pathogen
Understanding growers' preferences regarding interventions to improve the microbiological safety of their produce could help to design more effective strategies for the adoption of such food safety measures by growers. The objective of this survey study was to obtain insights for the design of interventions that could stimulate growers to increase the frequency of irrigation water sampling and water testing to reduce possible microbiological contamination of their fresh produce. The results showed that price intervention, referring to making the intervention less costly by reducing the price via discounts, is the most effective strategy to change growers' intentions to increase their frequency of irrigation water testing. Moreover, a sense of urgency affects their intentions to increase the frequency of irrigation water testing. The findings of this survey support the hypothesis that, to date, safety is not perceived as a quality control issue under normal circumstances, but safety becomes an overriding attribute in a food crisis.
Revisiting Pesticide Taxation Schemes
Finger, Robert ; Möhring, Niklas ; Dalhaus, Tobias ; Böcker, Thomas - \ 2017
Ecological Economics 134 (2017). - ISSN 0921-8009 - p. 263 - 266.
Environment - Incentive - Pesticide - Regulation - Tax
The risks caused by pesticide use for human health and nature are one of the major challenges for agricultural policies. Despite their high potential to contribute to better policies, economic instruments such as pesticide taxes are rarely used in the current policy mix. In this essay, we combine current discussion on pesticide policies in European countries with new insights from recent economic research to provide an outline for better pesticide policies to policy makers and stakeholders. We show that differentiated taxation schemes have a high potential to reduce risks caused by pesticide use and that the targeted re-distribution of tax revenues in the agricultural sector is crucial to create leverage effects on pesticide use and to increase the acceptability of pesticide taxes.