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Organic hospital food is desired by patients and engages the kitchen

Koesling, Matthias; Birkeland, Liv and Behrens, Gesine (2007) Organic hospital food is desired by patients and engages the kitchen. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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In December 2005 a questionnaire survey was conducted at the University Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. Patients and personnel expressed that food is important for their health and well-being. Good taste, appearance and right nutrition were mentioned as being important factors for food quality. About 80 % of the respondents were positive to the use of organic food at the hospital, even though only about half of them agreed that it is worth the price. The absence of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and preservatives in food was ranked to be more important than organic production of food. All respondents seemed to be critical to the use of pesticides and preservatives in food production and processing.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic food, Norway, hospital, survey, public procurement
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 1 Consumers
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Koesling, Matthias
ID Code:9406
Deposited On:10 Apr 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/10417/
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