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Perception of Global Food Security Issues in the German Public


  • Klumper, Wilhelm
  • Kathage, Jonas
  • Qaim, Matin


Die Ergebnisse einer Befragung der deutschen Öffentlichkeit zum Thema Welternährung werden in diesem Beitrag vorgestellt. Die Befragung wurde online mit 1200 Personen durchgeführt. Welternährung ist für die Mehrheit kein Top-Thema. Die Meisten nehmen das Hungerproblem vor allem dann war, wenn die Medien in akuten Krisensituationen darüber berichten. Die Bewertung von Ursachen und Maßnahmen zeigt, dass Hunger in erster Linie als Verteilungsproblem gesehen wird. Ansätze zur Produktivitätssteigerung in der Landwirtschaft werden überwiegend als nicht zentral für die Verbesserung der Welternährung eingestuft. Umweltschutz wird von der Öffentlichkeit im Vergleich zur Welternährung eine höhere Priorität eingeräumt. Hieraus ergeben sich scheinbar einige Pauschalurteile. Was als positiv (negativ) für die Umwelt wahrgenommen wird, wird auch als positiv (negativ) für die Welternährung eingestuft. Dies betrifft z.B. die Einschätzung der Rolle des Ökolandbaus, chemischer Inputs und der Gentechnik. Eine stärkere Bewusstseinsbildung für das Thema Welternährung mit seinen Herausforderungen und ein schrittweiser Abbau von Vorurteilen erfordern verbesserte öffentliche Kommunikation.

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  • Klumper, Wilhelm & Kathage, Jonas & Qaim, Matin, 2012. "Perception of Global Food Security Issues in the German Public," Discussion Papers 138056, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, GlobalFood, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:gagfdp:138056

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    Food security; hunger; environment; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Security and Poverty; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession; D12; Q01; Q02; Q56;

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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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