The Influence of Environmentalism on Support for Local Agriculture and Land Use Attitudes

Posted: 22 Feb 2011

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David R. Cleveland

Valparaiso University Law School

Lauren Copeland

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Garrett Glasgow

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Political Science

Michael Vincent McGinnis

University of California, Santa Barbara

Eric Smith

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Abstract

The relationship between environmentalism and land use is increasingly salient in many communities. In this paper we examine how attitudes toward the environment —- as measured by the New Ecological Paradigm (Duncan et al. 2007 —- and contact with farmers and agribusiness —- as measured by having family and friends who work in agriculture or by living near farms -— explain preferences over land use and support for local agriculture. We examine these questions using original survey data we collected in Santa Barbara County, California in early 2003 Santa Barbara is an excellent site for this study because of its urban-suburban-rural mix (about 40% of the land is in agriculture, but 90% of the population is urban or suburban), and because there have been many high profile conflicts over land use issues, which have often pitted urban/suburban residents against agricultural interests.

Suggested Citation

Cleveland, David R. and Copeland, Lauren and Glasgow, Garrett and McGinnis, Michael Vincent and Smith, Eric, The Influence of Environmentalism on Support for Local Agriculture and Land Use Attitudes. Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766681

David R. Cleveland (Contact Author)

Valparaiso University Law School ( email )

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Lauren Copeland

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Garrett Glasgow

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Dept. of Political Science
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9420
United States

Michael Vincent McGinnis

University of California, Santa Barbara ( email )

Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Mgt.
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States
805-683-1676 (Phone)

Eric Smith

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

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