Construction of Social Sustainability in Milk Production Systems in Central Mexico


Monica Elizama Ruiz-Torres
Ana Lorga da Silva
Carlos Manuel Arriaga-Jordán
Francisco Ernesto Martínez-Castañeda



Objective: To build mathematical models to evaluate the social sustainability of small-scale milk production systems.

Design/Methodology/Approach: Thirty small-scale cowsheds were analyzed. Two models were built using multivariate regression, estimated with ordinary least squares and considering the factors that producers perceive as important for social sustainability.

Results: The first model (ER) included tangible variables and the second intangible variables (SR). Both models explained more than 80% of the variables associated with social sustainability.

Study Limitations/Implications: The results represent an effort to link the statistical analysis with qualitative data that is difficult to quantify.

Conclusions: The ER and SR models represent a proposal for counting immaterial indicators so they can be incorporated into the sustainability analysis. Both models could be a methodological proposal to connect statistical data with purely qualitative data such as perception.

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