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How does soil pollution risk perception affect farmers' pro-environmental behavior? The role of income level

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posted on 30.03.2021, 15:07 by Zhifang Zhou, Jinhao Liu, Huixiang Zeng, Tao ZhangTao Zhang, Xiaohong Chen
Soil pollution is a serious environmental issue in China. As a key subject of agricultural practices, promoting Chinese farmers' Pro-Environmental Behavior (PEB) through increasing their soil pollution risk perception is an important means for soil protection, agricultural transformation and ecological development. In this study, we distinguish four dimensions of soil pollution risk perception: fact perception (FP), loss perception (LP), cause perception (CP) and response behavior ability perception (RBAP). We conceptualize a model that depicts the relationships between the four dimensions of Chinese farmers' soil pollution risk perception and their PEB and the moderating effect of farms’ household income level on these relationships. Using a questionnaire survey to collect empirical data, we find: first, the four dimensions of Chinese farmers' soil pollution risk perception have positive effects on their PEB; second, Chinese farmers' household income level positively moderates the relationships between their FP, LP and CP and their PEB but its moderating effect on the relationship between their RBAP and their PEB is not significant. Relevant theory and policy implications for environmental management are discussed in the paper.

Funding

National Social Science Fund of China (18BJY085)

Think Tank Special Project of Hunan Social Science Foundation (18ZWB22)

Project of Social Science Achievement Evaluation Committee of Hunan Province

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Journal of Environmental Management

Volume

270

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Environmental Management and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110806.

Acceptance date

19/05/2020

Publication date

2020-06-05

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0301-4797

eISSN

1095-8630

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Tao Zhang. Deposit date: 26 March 2021

Article number

110806