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Quebecers willing to pay for some agri-environment measures, survey finds

Gleaner Staff

La Presse reports that Quebecers would be prepared to pay millions in financial support to farmers to reduce their use of pesticides. To a lesser extent, they are also willing to pay for the conservation of wetlands in agricultural areas, but not for other agri-environmental measures.

These are the principal findings by a team of Quebec researchers led by professor Jérôme Dupras of the Université du Québec à l’Outaouais, in a recent study published in the scientific journal Ecological Economics.

The researchers interviewed 1,875 people living in the intensive agricultural zone of southern Quebec, which stretches from the Outaouais to the Bas-Saint-Laurent, and which is where the majority of Quebecers live.
The participants were surveyed on their personal willingness to pay for five agri-environmental measures: the reduction of pesticides, the conservation of wetlands and water, the establishment of riparian strips, soil conservation, and the integration of trees into the agricultural environment.

They were then asked if they were prepared to pay farmers $10, $25, $50 or $100 through a levy on their annual provincial income tax return, with a one-, three-, or five-year commitment. In general, respondents were willing to support producers financially for the first two measures, for a period of one year, paying up to $100 for the first measure and an average of $10 for the second.

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