Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO – University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO

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Consumer preferences for pig welfare: can the market accommodate more than one level of welfare pork?

(from abstract) The purpose of the paper is to investigate the market potential of pork labelled to indicate medium and high levels of animal welfare. We ask whether there is a risk that Danish consumers will abandon high level welfare pork if less expensive products with a medium level of animal welfare became available. The results indicated that the Danish market could accommodate more than one pork product with a welfare label but the price differential separating medium and high level animal welfare pork will have to be quite narrow. more >>

Perceptions of ethical challenges within the LowInputBreeds project

(from abstract) This paper reports and analyzes the perceptions of researchers involved in an EU project on the ethical challenges facing low input livestock production and how these challenges relate to the ambitions of the research project. The main findings of the study are that from a biological perspective a variety of ways to better meet the needs of low input production exist. However, these solutions share some of the problems regarding animal welfare that also characterizes intensive production systems. The question thus becomes whether these solutions will meet the consumer concerns that lies behind the choice of paying a premium for local, low input products. more >>

Knowledge and precaution: on organic farmers assessment of new technology

(from abstract) This article examines the role of precaution in organic farmers' assessments of new technologies, and asks how their assessments draw on different types of knowledge. Our analysis suggests that when assessing new technologies Danish organic farmers rely on scientific knowledge and do not automatically draw on the experiential knowledge they possess and employ in other contexts. more >>

“‘Organics’ are good, but we don’t know exactly what the term means!”: Trust and knowledge in organic consumption

(from abstract) This article explores consumer trust in organics and investigates the relationship between credibility, trust, and knowledge. Danish consumers show a high level of systemic trust in the organic label, which can be trumped by personal trust. Consumers wanting to know more about organics are mainly those who already know a lot, while others show a deliberate lack of knowledge. more >>

Yale prize for forestry project

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) recently won the 'The International Society for Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Innovation Prize 2017' from Yale University. The Cambodian activists won beacuse they fight illegal logging in the Prey Lang forest with peaceful community monitoring. To do this, they use a Danish app developed as a part of the IFRO project 'Community monitoring of forest resources in Cambodia'. Article on CPH Post and about the project.

Danish scientists know about 3R

The 3R concept is an international effort to reduce the number of animals used in experiments, and to give the animals used the best possible conditions. An IFRO study assesses the knowledge of 3R among Danish researchers involved with animal experiments to be good.
Read more about the 3R study >>

Artificial evolution

A new study from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and University of Queensland presents examples of how humans not only contribute to the extinction of species but also drive evolution, and in some cases the emergence of entirely new species. The study was published in Proceedings of Royal Society B. Postdoc Joseph Bull from Department of Food and Resource Economics is the lead author. Humans artificially drive evolution of new species >>