Consumer response to novel agri-food technologies: Implications for predicting consumer acceptance of emerging food technologies.

L.J. Frewer, K. von Bergmann, M. Brennan, R. Lion, R.M. Meertens, G. Rowe, M. Siegrist, C. Vereijken

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Abstract

The issue of consumer acceptance of food technologies, and their applications, needs to be addressed early in technology development. However, whether extensive assessment of consumer acceptance is necessary for all food-related technologies a priori is uncertain. A review of studies of seven food-related technologies associated with different levels of public acceptance suggests that those characterised as being 'bioactive' raise particular concerns - related to unpredictable effects, uncontrolled use, and ethical concerns. Perceptions of 'unnaturalness' alone are unlikely to raise a food technology to high levels of public rejection. Trust in regulation and effective labelling are also important considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-456
Number of pages15
JournalTrends in Food Science & Technology
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD
  • PULSED ELECTRIC-FIELDS
  • HIGH-PRESSURE
  • PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE
  • GM FOODS
  • NANOTECHNOLOGY
  • RISK
  • PERCEPTION
  • ATTITUDES
  • IRRADIATION

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