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Selecting pesticides and nonchemical alternatives: green thumbs' rules of thumb decision tools.

Authors
Grieshop-JI; Stiles-MC; Bone-PS
Source
J Consum Aff 1992 Jun; 26(1):129-145
NIOSHTIC No.
20033193
Abstract
This study of a sample of home gardeners indicates that rules of thumb, or heuristics, are used to select between chemical pesticides and nonchemical alternatives. Such rules of thumb serve to simplify otherwise complicated choice decisions. Heuristics commonly used to choose pesticides include how safe, effective, efficacious, and economical they are, whereas for alternative products consumers more often take into account convenience, efficiency, competency, and handiness. Generally, in an overall ranking of 24 individual choice attributes, pesticies rank low on these attributes where alternatives rank high and vice versa. Gender, age, and years using pesticides are significantly correlated with pesticide selection.
Keywords
Agricultural-chemicals; Agriculture; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Safety-climate; Safety-equipment; Ecological-systems; Education; Public-health; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-control; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-health; Environmental-pollution
Contact
J. I. Grieshop, Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis
Publication Date
19920601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1055222
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0022-0078
Source Name
The Journal of Consumer Affairs
State
CA
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