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Can Health and Environmental Concerns Meet in Food Choices?

This study surveys Italian consumers to explore whether there is a relationship between health and environmental sustainability concerns in their food choices.

Abstract

The objective of the study is to analyze if there is a relationship between health and environmental sustainability concerns in food choices. We used data of 300 Italian consumers collected through a vis-à-vis survey. We performed cross-tabulations and chi-square tests for a selected set of variables measuring both types of concerns, segmenting the sample by age, gender and education.

Our results suggest that the association between health and environmental concerns is often statistically significant, though we observe a high variable specificity of the associations. Socio-demographic conditions seem to play a role in determining the association between the two concerns, with middle-aged and/or highly-educated respondents showing a stronger association between health and environmental concerns. See more here.

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Cavaliere, A., Ricci, E. C., Solesin, M., Banterle, A., Can Health and Environmental Concerns Meet in Food Choices?, Sustainability 2014, doi:10.3390/su6129494

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