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Title: Perceptions of Rural Air Quality: What Will the Neighbors Think?
Authors: Lohr, Luanne
Keywords: Correlation analysis
Environmental annoyance
Manure management
Odor nuisance
Issue Date: 1996
Abstract: Individuals exposed to odors from livestock facilities do not report annoyance uniformly. The reaction to a detectable odor depends on perceptions of the odor and its source which are mediated by odor attributes and personal factors. Correlations among these factors were tested in a rural context using date from a pilot study of seventeen households neighboring two swine operations in Michigan. Annoyance was measured as the impact of the neighboring facility on enjoyment of property. Characterization of odor as a problem was positively correlated with offensiveness, frequency and duration of exposure. Annoyance was negatively correlated with term of residence, current employment on a farm, and acquaintance with the facility owner. Annoyance was positively correlated with suburban characterization of the residence, unacceptability of the facility‚Äôs appearance and perception of odor as a problem. Strategies to minimize exposure augmented by increasing familiarity with the operation and owner can reduce annoyance.
Identifiers: 0738-8950
Institution/Association: Journal of Agribusiness>Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 1996
Total Pages: 20
From Page: 109
To Page: 128
Collections:Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 1996

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