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Food Heritage Makes a Difference: The Importance of Cultural Knowledge for Improving Education for Sustainable Food Choices

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Department for Subject-Specific Education, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Institute of Archeology, University College London (UCL), London WC1 E, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1509; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041509
Received: 29 November 2019 / Revised: 31 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 18 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Quality, Price and Consumer Choices)
This paper presents findings from a study carried out as part of BigPicnic, a European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project. BigPicnic brought together members of the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry representatives to develop exhibitions and science cafés. Across 12 European and one Ugandan botanic gardens participating in the study, we surveyed 1189 respondents on factors and motives affecting their food choices. The study highlights the importance that cultural knowledge holds for understanding food choices and consumer preferences. The findings of this study are discussed in the wider context of food security issues related to sustainable food choice, and the role of food as a form of cultural heritage. Specifically, the findings underline the importance of the impact of food preferences and choices on achieving sustainability, but also indicate that heritage is a key parameter that has to be more explicitly considered in definitions of food security and relevant policies on a European and global level. View Full-Text
Keywords: food heritage; cultural knowledge; sustainable eating; food choices; food education food heritage; cultural knowledge; sustainable eating; food choices; food education
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Kapelari, S.; Alexopoulos, G.; Moussouri, T.; Sagmeister, K.J.; Stampfer, F. Food Heritage Makes a Difference: The Importance of Cultural Knowledge for Improving Education for Sustainable Food Choices. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1509. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041509

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Kapelari S, Alexopoulos G, Moussouri T, Sagmeister KJ, Stampfer F. Food Heritage Makes a Difference: The Importance of Cultural Knowledge for Improving Education for Sustainable Food Choices. Sustainability. 2020; 12(4):1509. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041509

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Kapelari, Suzanne; Alexopoulos, Georgios; Moussouri, Theano; Sagmeister, Konstantin J.; Stampfer, Florian. 2020. "Food Heritage Makes a Difference: The Importance of Cultural Knowledge for Improving Education for Sustainable Food Choices" Sustainability 12, no. 4: 1509. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041509

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