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Canadian Consumers' Preferences for Food Safety and Agricultural Environment Safety


  • Veeman, Michele M.
  • Li, Yu


This project applies statistical models to analyse the relative importance ratings for selected food risk issues given in January 2003 by a representative cross-Canada sample of consumers. Ratings for environmental risks that may be associated with agriculture are also assessed. Results of ordered probit econometric models that analyze the influence of respondent's socio-economic and demographic characteristics on food and environmental risk ratings indicate that these are influenced by gender, age, income, employment and location of residence. Males tended to choose lower risk ratings; residents of Quebec tended to give higher risk ratings to most of the queried food and environmental safety issues. The results suggest that measures of trust in institutions associated with the regulation and marketing of food also influence individuals' risk assessments associated with food and agriculture.

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  • Veeman, Michele M. & Li, Yu, 2006. "Canadian Consumers' Preferences for Food Safety and Agricultural Environment Safety," Consumer and Market Demand Network Papers 91557, University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ualbnp:91557
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.91557

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