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Agriculture 2017, 7(8), 65; doi:10.3390/agriculture7080065

Traditional Cheese Production and an EU Labeling Scheme: The Alpine Cheese Producers’ Opinion

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Department of Management, University of Turin, Corso Unione Sovietica 218 bis, 10134 Turin, Italy
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NatRisk—Research Centre on Natural Risks in Mountain and Hilly Environments, University of Torino, Largo Paolo Braccini 2, Grugliasco, 10095 Turin, Italy
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Independent Researcher, Corbetta, 20011 Milan, Italy
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Received: 31 May 2017 / Revised: 5 July 2017 / Accepted: 28 July 2017 / Published: 1 August 2017
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Abstract

In 2012, the European Union introduced two optional quality terms (OQT) as new tools for the enhancement of food products. Two years later, the requirements for the use of the OQT “mountain product” were defined to enhance agricultural production in harsh environments, such as mountain areas. This new tool aimed at promoting local development, maintaining the economic activities in mountain areas and redistributing wealth. The present research aims at understanding if farmers perceived this tool as useful and evaluates their level of awareness. To this aim, a sample of 68 traditional cheese producers from the North West Alpine Arch was interviewed. The results show that some cheese producers have a positive attitude towards the concepts set out in the OQT “mountain product” and consider it a useful tool to promote and enhance their products. Some critical elements are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: cheese producers; mountain products; traditional cheeses; Italian North West Alps cheese producers; mountain products; traditional cheeses; Italian North West Alps
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Bonadonna, A.; Peira, G.; Giachino, C.; Molinaro, L. Traditional Cheese Production and an EU Labeling Scheme: The Alpine Cheese Producers’ Opinion. Agriculture 2017, 7, 65.

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