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Pesticide Use and Risk Perceptions among Small-Scale Farmers in Anqiu County, China

College of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Academic Editor: Ricardo Bello-Mendoza
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14010029
Received: 6 November 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 23 December 2016 / Published: 30 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological and Human-Health Effects of Pesticides in the Environment)
The unsafe use and misuse of pesticides in China are major threats to farmers’ health and the environment. The purpose of this study is to evaluate small-scale farmers’ practices with regard to pesticide use and identify the determinants of their behavior in Anqiu County, China. The results show that the frequency of pesticide application by local farmers is high and that the improper disposal of pesticides after use is common in the study area. Although most farmers felt that they were at some degree of risk when using pesticides, farmers were found to overuse pesticides in the study area. The probability of pesticide overuse significantly decreased with farmers’ risk perceptions, willingness to reduce pesticide use, better social relationships, and strict government monitoring. The perception of risk can thus be an important element in education and communication efforts. View Full-Text
Keywords: pesticide use; risk perception; pesticide overuse; small-scale farmer; China pesticide use; risk perception; pesticide overuse; small-scale farmer; China
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Jin, J.; Wang, W.; He, R.; Gong, H. Pesticide Use and Risk Perceptions among Small-Scale Farmers in Anqiu County, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 29.

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