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An Ecological and Societal Approach to Biological Control

Volume 2 of the series Progress in Biological Control pp 47-64

FOOD CONSUMPTION, RISK PERCEPTION AND ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES

  • Christopher Ritson
  • , Sharron Kuznesof

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Abstract

Biological control is one of a number of strategies, (including mechanical control, the use of conventional pesticides, and transgenic plants genetically modified to be resistant to specific predators) available for the management of pests. According to Kogan (1998), within the integrated pest management framework, the selection and use of pest control tactics should take into account the interest of and impact on producers, society and the environment. From a societal or consumer perspective, there is significant empirical research on consumer attitudes to the use of pesticides and genetic modification in food production, but very little in relation to biological control. This chapter is concerned with the potential impact of the behaviour of food consumers on the use of biological control technology in agricultural production.