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Consumers and consumption of organic food in Central and Eastern European new member states of the European Union

Zakowska-Biemans, S. (2007) Consumers and consumption of organic food in Central and Eastern European new member states of the European Union. Poster 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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Despite the significant growth of organic farms and organically managed land in Central and Eastern European new member states of the European Union (CEE NMS) the consumption of organic food in these countries remains at the very low level. The main barriers to organic food consumption growth are low availability of organic food in the sale channels where contemporary CEE NMS consumers prefer to buy food, high prices for organic products, related, inter alia, to high distribution costs and high gross margins that reflect the undeveloped nature of organic markets in CEE NMS. Further development of the organic sector in CEE NMS will contribute to the growth of organic food consumption by overcoming the supply-related barriers. Nevertheless, to increase the consumption of organic food, many efforts needed to communicate the benefits of organic food and farming to target potential consumers.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:consumers, organic food, market development
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: European Union > Organic Farming Policy EU-CEE-OFP
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 1 Consumers
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Zakowska-Biemans, Dr Sylwia
ID Code:9806
Deposited On:12 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
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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