Consumer views of organic and GM food

Lyons, Kristen, Lockie, Stewart, and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2004) Consumer views of organic and GM food. In: Hindmarsh, Richard, and Lawrence, Geoffrey, (eds.) Recoding Nature : critical perspectives on genetic engineering. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 94-107.

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Attitudes towards food, and decisions about eating, are mediated within a complex political and cultural milieu. With food a biological necessity, deci¬sions about what to eat are instead shaped by a complex range of values and beliefs about ourselves, the risks and pleasures associated with eating, and understandings of our relationships with others and the environment. In recent years a plethora of food scares, ranging from salmonella to chem¬ical residues and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), have intensified awareness of the vulnerability of humans to sickness, and in some cases death, from eating the wrong foods. Eating patterns - par¬ticularly the rapid growth in consumption of organic and chemical-free food in the developed world - thus tell us about more than anxieties relat¬ed to personal health and perceived risks associated with industrially produced foods: they also reflect concerns about broader environmental, social and economic implications of food consumption practices.

Item ID: 34857
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-868840-741-0
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 01:42
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 80%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 40%
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