These are some of the questions being asked exclusively of people in Nottinghamshire in a major new study, by a researcher at The University of Nottingham.
PhD candidate Angie Clonan, from the Division of Nutritional Sciences, will send out 2,500 questionnaires in an unprecedented survey that will find out what consumers really think about sustainable foods.
“It’s accepted that food choices are difficult enough,” said Ms. Clonan. “There are so many things consumers have to weigh up when food shopping, from cost to convenience."
“Sustainability is justifiably important, but issues like the drive for more organic foods and ethical trading are placing even more pressure on consumers. For this reason it’s important to find out what people actually think of sustainability in order to better achieve it.”
The official definition of food sustainability — set out by Sustain2 — is food that is accessible, healthy, nutritious, respects the environment and biodiversity, promotes the use of fair trading practices and respects the rights of workers throughout the food-chain.
“Understanding sustainability is clearly important, and no less so than in food production and consumption,” said Ms. Clonan. “It is important to assess the environmental impact of various processes, but you can’t do all of that without taking people’s attitudes into account.”
The research will delve into several key issues including the current level of awareness people have about sustainable food, the importance of socio-demographic issues, links between shopping habits and attitudes to sustainability and the perspective of healthy eaters.
“This is the first survey of this kind that takes as its lead people’s experiences and views on sustainability. For that reason it’s very important that people fill it in if they receive one.”
The surveys will be sent out to a random sample of people taken from the electoral roll. One of the respondents will win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.
The questions are simply laid out and easy to answer. They cover shopping habits, attitudes, dietary information, shopping behaviour and socio-demographic information.
For more information visit: http://www.fcrn.org.uk/featuredOrgs/features/index.htm
To listen to a full University of Nottingham Podcast interview with Ms. Clonan follow the link below. The audio is available to listen to from the site or you can download it for free: http://wirksworthii.nottingham.ac.uk/Podcasts/files/rmg/public/environment/clonan.mp3
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