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Health and cost implications of choosing an organic diet - empirical insights from Danish household panel data

Denver, Sigrid and Christensen, Tove (2012) Health and cost implications of choosing an organic diet - empirical insights from Danish household panel data. Food Policy, , - . [Submitted]

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Health and cost considerations have repeatedly been found to constitute the main arguments for respectively buying and not buying organic food. The present paper contributes to this line of research by studying not only the dietary but also the budgetary consequences of choosing the organic varieties. Using purchase data for a large sample of Danish households, we found that households with higher organic consumption have healthier diets as measured in terms of more vegetables and fruits but less fat/confectionary and meat. Furthermore, for the vast majority of households it was found that buying organic foods did not increase food expenditures - possibly due to differences in diet composition. The key to these findings lies in the adoption of a holistic approach that is able to capture costs and health effects of differences in consumption patterns instead of pursuing a product-by-product comparison. Tobit and GLS regressions have been used.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic demand; dietary recommendations; food expenditures; panel data
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > CONCEPTS - The Future Outlook for the Organic Market in Denmark
Deposited By: Andersen, Assistant Professor Laura M
ID Code:20867
Deposited On:01 Jun 2012 08:54
Last Modified:08 Nov 2012 09:43
Document Language:English
Status:Submitted
Refereed:Submitted for peer-review but not yet accepted

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