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Is agritourism eco-friendly? A comparison between agritourisms and other farms in Italy using farm accountancy data network dataset.

Mastronardi L, Giaccio V, Giannelli A, Scardera A - Springerplus (2015)

Bottom Line: This paper presents the results of research regarding the environmental performances of Italian farms with agritourism compared with farms without agritourism.The empirical analysis is based on the Italian FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) dataset.The European FADN was created to represent farms' technical and economic operation in the European Union and on which it drafts the agricultural and rural policies.

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Affiliation: Department of Economics, Management, Society and Institutions, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy.

ABSTRACT
This paper presents the results of research regarding the environmental performances of Italian farms with agritourism compared with farms without agritourism. In Italy, agritourism is considered an agricultural activity and can only be performed by a farmer. Moreover, Italian national legislation forces the farmer to dedicate himself mainly to traditional farming, rather than to tourism activities. For this reason, environmental performances have been highlighted by analyzing only features and production systems of the farms. By utilizing the most frequent indicators used in studies regarding sustainability, the authors show how Italian agritourisms tend to develop more environmentally friendly agricultural methods, which have a positive impact on biodiversity, landscape and natural resources. The empirical analysis is based on the Italian FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) dataset. The European FADN was created to represent farms' technical and economic operation in the European Union and on which it drafts the agricultural and rural policies. The dichotomous structure of the dependent variable (presence or absence of agritourism at the farm) has a propensity for an assessment method based on Binary Response Model Regression.

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Geographic and altitude distribution of the agritourisms in FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) and in the ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) survey. Source: our processing of ISTAT and FADN data
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Fig2: Geographic and altitude distribution of the agritourisms in FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) and in the ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) survey. Source: our processing of ISTAT and FADN data

Mentions: The farm panel analysed is made up of slightly more than 11,200 farms, accounted for in 2011; 372 of these practiced agritourism along with ordinary agricultural practices of cultivation and/or livestock farming. As is known, the FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) sample was created to represent the technical and economic operation of the farms in the European Union and certainly not to study the behavior of certain economic sectors, including agritourism that, therefore, cannot be described with statistical rigor by the accounting network. However, without having pretensions to statistically representing the agritourism sector in Italy, the sufficient diffusion within the FADN sample and, above all, a distribution of the FADN agritourisms altogether analogous to the national panorama (Fig. 2), allows some interesting considerations to be made regarding the environmental performances of the activities tied to tourism in rural Italian areas.Fig. 2


Is agritourism eco-friendly? A comparison between agritourisms and other farms in Italy using farm accountancy data network dataset.

Mastronardi L, Giaccio V, Giannelli A, Scardera A - Springerplus (2015)

Geographic and altitude distribution of the agritourisms in FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) and in the ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) survey. Source: our processing of ISTAT and FADN data
© Copyright Policy - OpenAccess
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4627998&req=5

Fig2: Geographic and altitude distribution of the agritourisms in FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) and in the ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) survey. Source: our processing of ISTAT and FADN data
Mentions: The farm panel analysed is made up of slightly more than 11,200 farms, accounted for in 2011; 372 of these practiced agritourism along with ordinary agricultural practices of cultivation and/or livestock farming. As is known, the FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) sample was created to represent the technical and economic operation of the farms in the European Union and certainly not to study the behavior of certain economic sectors, including agritourism that, therefore, cannot be described with statistical rigor by the accounting network. However, without having pretensions to statistically representing the agritourism sector in Italy, the sufficient diffusion within the FADN sample and, above all, a distribution of the FADN agritourisms altogether analogous to the national panorama (Fig. 2), allows some interesting considerations to be made regarding the environmental performances of the activities tied to tourism in rural Italian areas.Fig. 2

Bottom Line: This paper presents the results of research regarding the environmental performances of Italian farms with agritourism compared with farms without agritourism.The empirical analysis is based on the Italian FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) dataset.The European FADN was created to represent farms' technical and economic operation in the European Union and on which it drafts the agricultural and rural policies.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Economics, Management, Society and Institutions, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy.

ABSTRACT
This paper presents the results of research regarding the environmental performances of Italian farms with agritourism compared with farms without agritourism. In Italy, agritourism is considered an agricultural activity and can only be performed by a farmer. Moreover, Italian national legislation forces the farmer to dedicate himself mainly to traditional farming, rather than to tourism activities. For this reason, environmental performances have been highlighted by analyzing only features and production systems of the farms. By utilizing the most frequent indicators used in studies regarding sustainability, the authors show how Italian agritourisms tend to develop more environmentally friendly agricultural methods, which have a positive impact on biodiversity, landscape and natural resources. The empirical analysis is based on the Italian FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) dataset. The European FADN was created to represent farms' technical and economic operation in the European Union and on which it drafts the agricultural and rural policies. The dichotomous structure of the dependent variable (presence or absence of agritourism at the farm) has a propensity for an assessment method based on Binary Response Model Regression.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus