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Enticott, Gareth; Maye, Damian M; Fisher, Rhiannon; Ilbery, Brian W; Kirwan, James R (2014)
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Environment and Planning A
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: SF, G1, GE
This paper analyses the acceptance of new technologies to manage environmental risks. In the management of animal disease, lack of trust in Government is seen as a key factor in explaining farmers’ resistance to new biosecurity technologies and practices to help prevent disease. However, the conceptual dimensions of trust are frequently loosely defined meaning that it is unclear how trust, as well as other factors, are related to the acceptance of new animal disease technologies. This paper explores the dimensions of farmers’ trust in relation to the use of vaccines to manage animal disease, and the extent to which different dimensions of trust are linked to vaccine confidence. The paper examines the introduction of a vaccine to help prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis between wildlife (specifically badgers) and cattle in England. Drawing on findings from a telephone survey of 339 farmers and in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of 65, the paper explores attitudes towards, and levels of acceptance of, badger vaccination amongst farmers across five study areas with varying levels of disease. Results reveal low levels of confidence in badger vaccine and trust in Government to manage bovine tuberculosis. Principal components analysis identifies three specific dimensions to trust which, along with farmers’ perceived self-efficacy, the perceived threat of disease, and faith in others to manage disease, are all significantly related to farmers’ confidence in badger vaccination. The paper concludes by considering the challenges facing policy makers in attempting to ensure that animal disease technologies match the social and ecological landscapes for which they are intended.
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