Adolescents attitudes towards organic food : a survey of 15- to 16 year old school children

D.J. Stobbelaar, G.J. Casimir, J. Borghuis, I. Marks, L. Meijer, S. Zebeda

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Adolescents are the consumers of tomorrow; therefore policies aimed at increasing organic food consumption should address the needs of this group. To discover their attitudes towards organic food and their knowledge of the subject, a survey among almost 700 school children aged 15-16¿years was conducted. Four main groups of questions were used: adolescents' knowledge of organic food, attitudes, whether they bought organic food and the perceived influences they exerted on the buying patterns of their parents. From the survey it can be concluded that adolescents' attitudes towards organic food are positive, but their knowledge of and their willingness to buy it are low. Campaigns aimed at encouraging the purchasing of organic food targeted at adolescents should particularly emphasize those characteristics of organic foods that they can relate to their interests and ethical preferences, for example, animal welfare and environmental considerations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-356
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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