Presentation Title

Exploring the Link Between Local Food Production and Pro-Envrionmental Behavior in Kamloops, BC

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Presenter Information

Hanna MartensFollow

Abstract

Given the state of the environment, it is important to understand what motivates environmentally friendly behavior. This paper explores the findings of research done in 2018 on pro-environmental behavior in local food producers and motivation to produce food within the Kamloops area. Data for this project was gathered through interviews and surveys of small-scale food producers (included both household food production and local farmers) to understand why individuals were choosing to grow their own food and if they were motivated by environmental reasons, and whether they demonstrated environmentally friendly behavior both in their food production and their lifestyle. My research found that individuals who grew their own food demonstrated environmentally friendly behavior within their food production (composting, no pesticides, etc.), but were no more likely to be environmentally friendly in their lifestyle (reducing energy usage, reducing meat consumption, etc.). I also found that individuals who were motivated to grow food to connect with nature or to reduce their environmental impact displayed more environmentally friendly behavior both in their food production and their lifestyles than those who were not motivated by environmentally friendly reasons or a desire to connect with nature. This research highlights the gap between engagement in environmentally friendly activities and a resulting environmentally friendly lifestyle. While urban agriculture and local organic agriculture has inherent environmental benefits, engagement in this activity does not result in more environmentally friendly lifestyles.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Kim Naqvi & Lyn Baldwin

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Exploring the Link Between Local Food Production and Pro-Envrionmental Behavior in Kamloops, BC

Given the state of the environment, it is important to understand what motivates environmentally friendly behavior. This paper explores the findings of research done in 2018 on pro-environmental behavior in local food producers and motivation to produce food within the Kamloops area. Data for this project was gathered through interviews and surveys of small-scale food producers (included both household food production and local farmers) to understand why individuals were choosing to grow their own food and if they were motivated by environmental reasons, and whether they demonstrated environmentally friendly behavior both in their food production and their lifestyle. My research found that individuals who grew their own food demonstrated environmentally friendly behavior within their food production (composting, no pesticides, etc.), but were no more likely to be environmentally friendly in their lifestyle (reducing energy usage, reducing meat consumption, etc.). I also found that individuals who were motivated to grow food to connect with nature or to reduce their environmental impact displayed more environmentally friendly behavior both in their food production and their lifestyles than those who were not motivated by environmentally friendly reasons or a desire to connect with nature. This research highlights the gap between engagement in environmentally friendly activities and a resulting environmentally friendly lifestyle. While urban agriculture and local organic agriculture has inherent environmental benefits, engagement in this activity does not result in more environmentally friendly lifestyles.