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You Are What You Eat: The Relationship between Values and Organic Food Consumption

Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3900; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093900
Received: 28 February 2020 / Revised: 30 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 10 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Consumption, Consumer Behaviour and Sustainability)
In current times, the man-made problems affecting our planet (climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc.) are making an urgent case for shifting towards a more sustainable kind of consumption. One of the ways these problems can be addressed is to promote organic agriculture, which means boosting levels of organic food consumption. This study examines the relationship between the number of organic foods consumed and the specific values that consumers look for in foods, in order to deepen the current knowledge regarding the behaviour of the organic food consumer. To this end, data was analysed from a face-to-face survey of 776 people in Spain through bivariate analysis techniques. Results show that organic food consumers have a different pattern of values from non-consumers and a greater level of involvement with food in general. Moreover, within the group of organic consumers, the effect of values on the quantity or variety of foods consumed is not as marked, although there are differences in favour of those that consume more frequently. Lastly, the main implication of the results obtained is that, in order to increase consumption, selfish values should be connected with altruistic ones. For this reason, instilling a specific value based on the term or concept “life” is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic foods; consumer behaviour; values; level of consumption; sustainable consumption organic foods; consumer behaviour; values; level of consumption; sustainable consumption
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Vega-Zamora, M.; Parras-Rosa, M.; Torres-Ruiz, F.J. You Are What You Eat: The Relationship between Values and Organic Food Consumption. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3900. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093900

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Vega-Zamora M, Parras-Rosa M, Torres-Ruiz FJ. You Are What You Eat: The Relationship between Values and Organic Food Consumption. Sustainability. 2020; 12(9):3900. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093900

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Vega-Zamora, Manuela, Manuel Parras-Rosa, and Francisco J. Torres-Ruiz 2020. "You Are What You Eat: The Relationship between Values and Organic Food Consumption" Sustainability 12, no. 9: 3900. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093900

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