Limitations of market driven sustainability : the case of environmental management systems for food production in Australia
Cary, John, Bhaskaran, Suku and Polonsky, Michael 2007, Limitations of market driven sustainability : the case of environmental management systems for food production in Australia, in AARES 2007 : Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 51st Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand 13-16 February 2007, AgEcon, St Paul, MN, pp. 1-7.
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Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) address environmental risks in supply chains and certification of environmental claims. Governments supporting EMSs have encouraged producers to respond to anticipated consumer environmental concerns. Attempts at implementing EMSs have rarely been in direct response to market demand but are usually farmer organisation driven – to forestall increased regulation. In Australia, consumer demand for foods produced to environmentally sustainable standards is minimal because consumers don’t believe these products offer special benefits. EMS implementation is expensive and onerous; and the products require a market premium. Food consumers have difficulty differentiating the terms organic, environmentally-friendly, and sustainably-produced in food labelling.
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