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European consumers' conceptions of organic food: A review of available research

Torjusen, Hanne; Sangstad, Lotte; O'Doherty Jensen, Katherine and Kjærnes, Unni (2004) European consumers' conceptions of organic food: A review of available research. Professional Report, no. no. 4-2004. Oslo: National Institute for Consumer Research.

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This report is a publication from the project entitled 'Recommendations for Improved Procedures for Securing Consumer Oriented Food Safety and Quality of Certified Organic Foods from a Consumer Perspective' (acronym: 'Organic HACCP'), supported by the European Commission, Fifth Framework Programme, Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources, and co-ordinated by Dr. Kirsten Brandt.
The report includes a summary and 9 chapters, which respectively regard a statement of objectives and methods (Chapter 1), critical considerations regarding current approaches to consumer studies (Chapter 2), an overview of factors related to the production, distribution and regulation of organic foods, which differentially affect patterns of consumption in European countries (Chapter 3), 4 case studies regarding the consumption of organic foods and the contextual features influencing consumption patterns in Denmark (Chapter 4), United kingdom (Chapter 5), Italy (Chapter 6) and Hungary (Chapter 7). These case studies are followed by a summary review of trends in Europe with regard to consumer characteristics, buying behaviour and consumer concerns (Chapter 8), as well as a series of recommendations with regard to future research regarding the consumption of organic foods within the European region (Chapter 9).

EPrint Type:Book
Keywords:Organic food, quality, safety, HACCP, consumer research, consumer conceptions, Europe, Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > III.8 (DISTRUSTING) Distribution channels for organic foods and consumer trust
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen > KU-LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences
European Union > Organic HACCP
Related Links:http://www.organichaccp.org
Deposited By: O'Doherty Jensen, Associate Professor Katherine
ID Code:2490
Deposited On:13 Apr 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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