Selecting pesticides and nonchemical alternatives: green thumbs' rules of thumb decision tools.
Grieshop JI; Stiles MC; Bone PS
J Consum Aff 1992 Jun; 26(1):129-145
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.
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
J. I. Grieshop, Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis
The Journal of Consumer Affairs