This chapter is concerned with consumer perceptions of environmental and nutritional aspects of organically produced foods and their impact upon the market for organic products. We use market and survey data for the UK as a case study to illustrate the answer to the question 'What Does Consumer Science Tell Us?' This chapter reflects on the different the aspects of consumer science; in particular, drawing on the results of a large survey of UK consumers conducted under the EU Framework 6 Project 'Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and low input supply chains' (known as QLIF). First, recent developments in the UK market for organic food are outlined. This is followed by showing how analysis of market data can help to explain what has caused the recent (rapid) growth in sales of organic food products. Next, there is a brief review of the reasons why consumers choose to purchase organic products, drawing mainly on various pieces of qualitative research. The remainder of the chapter is based on the Newcastle survey of UK consumer attitudes to organic and low-input food products.
|Title of host publication||Health Benefits of Organic Food|
|Subtitle of host publication||Effects of the Environment|
|Editors||Ian Givens, Samantha Baxter, Anne Marie Minihane, Elizabeth Shaw|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Sep 2008|