Young farmers in Europe, especially the beneficiaries of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding schemes, are
considered as the ones who could ensure the sustainability of the European Model of Agriculture. Economic efficiency
and competitiveness, aversion of depopulation of rural areas and environmental protection constitute some of the key
objectives of the CAP and young farmers are expected to play a role to all of them. This study proposes a way of
measuring the potential of young farmers to contribute to the latter objectives of the CAP by estimating their
environmental attitudes. Data from a questionnaire survey of 492 Greek young farmers were used to design a latent
construct measuring their environmental attitudes. The latent construct was designed by means of an Explanatory Factor
Analysis (EFA) using the responses to a set of 12 Likert-scale items. The results the EFA yielded a latent construct with
three factors related to "Environmental pollution and policies (EPP)", "Environmental factors and food quality (EFF)"
and "Farming practices and the environment". These results were validated through a CFA where 8 items in total were
categorized in the three factors (latent variables). The utilization of the latent construct for the effective implementation
of CAP measures could ameliorate the relationships of agriculture and environment in general.