Just don't call it climate change: climate-skeptic farmer adoption of climate-mitigative practices

Debra J Davidson, Curtis Rollins, Lianne Lefsrud, Sven Anders, Andreas Hamann
2019 Environmental Research Letters  
Despite low levels of agreement that climate change is caused primarily by humans, respondents to a survey of climate change beliefs and adoption of climate-mitigative practices among beef and grain producers in Alberta, Canada, indicate a high level of adoption of several agricultural practices with climate-mitigative benefits. Respondents' motivations for adoption of climate-mitigative practices rarely include the belief that climate change is caused by humans, but rather expectations for
more » ... omic benefits, improvements in soil quality, and biodiversity, among other things. The strongest predictor of mitigative practice adoption is a learning orientation, defined as valuing improvement, research, learning, and innovation, followed by a conservation orientation that values land stewardship. Predictors are not consistent across practices; however, in some but not all cases adoption is predicted by climate change norms, or assumption of personal responsibility to address climate change, and other predictors vary by practice as well.
doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aafa30 fatcat:e444ei3gv5bvnm36a3bgzncki4