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

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Martin Hvarregaard Thorsøe, Tove Christensen, Karen Klitgaard Povlsen

This article explores consumer trust in organics and investigates the relationship between credibility, trust, and knowledge in a mixed-method study incorporating a survey, a focus group, and individual interviews. 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. Furthermore, it is argued that knowledge does not lead to trust—trust replaces knowledge, and consumers largely seek confirmation of their views when they have already made up their minds about organics.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftFood, Culture and Society
Vol/bind19
Tidsskriftsnummer4
Sider (fra-til)681-704
Antal sider24
ISSN1528-9796
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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