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Environmental and Regulatory Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from the Pandemic Food and Stigma Survey.

Authors
  • Kecinski, Maik1
  • Messer, Kent D1
  • McFadden, Brandon R1
  • Malone, Trey2
  • 1 Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, 531 S. College Ave, Newark, DE 19716 USA.
  • 2 Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, 446 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824 USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental & resource economics
Publication Date
Jul 10, 2020
Pages
1–10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10640-020-00438-9
PMID: 32836834
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this article, we present data from the monthly Pandemic Food and Stigma Survey (PFSS), a nationwide representative sample of adults in the United States designed to identify how the pandemic is affecting concerns about food and the environment. Two surveys were conducted in May and June 2020. Our analysis suggests that the public's concern about contracting COVID-19 has been high; however, infection with COVID-19 was not the only concern. A majority of respondents remained strongly concerned about environmental issues, such as climate change, while responses to sudden relaxations of environmental and food safety policies varied. We analyze the PFSS data to identify factors associated with concerns about pandemic and environmental regulatory changes. In general, we find that people whose food security has been threatened by COVID-19 remain concerned about relaxation of environmental regulations, and those most inclined to take steps to reduce spread of the virus, such as wearing masks and social distancing, are more concerned about relaxed regulations than those less willing to take mitigating actions. © Springer Nature B.V. 2020.

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