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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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Title Limitations of market driven sustainability : the case of environmental management systems for food production in Australia
Author(s) Cary, John
Bhaskaran, Suku
Polonsky, Michael
Conference name Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (51st : 2007 : Queenstown, New Zealand)
Conference location Queenstown, New Zealand
Conference dates 13-16 February 2007
Title of proceedings AARES 2007 : Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 51st Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand 13-16 February 2007
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher AgEcon
Place of publication St Paul, MN
Keyword(s) EMS
environmental marketing
sustainable food production
eco-labelling
Summary 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.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007 AgEcon
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016375

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