Chilean public attitudes towards beef production systems

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De la Fuente, V. M., Enriquez, D., Teixeira, D. L., Larrain, R. and Hotzel, M. J. 2023. Chilean public attitudes towards beef production systems. PLOS ONE. 18 (4), p. e0284080.

AuthorsDe la Fuente, V. M., Enriquez, D., Teixeira, D. L., Larrain, R. and Hotzel, M. J.

Much is discussed about the characteristics, efficiency, and externalities of indoor housing and pasture-based beef production systems, but little is known about how these features influence public attitudes towards beef production. This study aimed to explore Chilean citizens’ attitudes towards beef production systems and their underlying reasons. Citizens (n = 1,084) were recruited to participate in a survey and given information about one beef production system: indoor housing, continuous grazing or regenerative grazing. Participants had more favourable attitudes (from 1 = most negative attitudes to 5 = most positive attitudes) towards pasture-based systems (regenerative grazing = 2.94; continuous grazing = 2.83) than towards indoor housing (1.94), mainly due to concerns with animal welfare and environmental impacts. Productivity was not as important as the other sustainability aspects for participants as they were not willing to do that trade-off. Support for beef production may benefit if production systems adopt characteristics that are perceived by the public as positive for the environment and animal welfare.

Year of Publication2023
Journal citation18 (4), p. e0284080
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeS2N - Soil to Nutrition - Work package 2 (WP2) - Adaptive management systems for improved efficiency and nutritional quality
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online26 Apr 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted23 Mar 2023
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLOS)

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