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Research Article " 'If labels for GM food were present, would consumers trust them?’ Insights from a consumer survey in Uganda " by Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck-Zepeda and Justus Wesseler


Von: Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck-Zepeda and Justus Wesseler


Research Article

‘If labels for GM food were present, would consumers trust them?’ Insights from a consumer survey in Uganda

Enoch Mutebi Kikulwea1, José Falck-Zepedaa2 and Justus Wesselera3

a1 Georg-August-University Goettingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Platz der Goettinger Sieben 5, 37073 Goettingen, Germany. E-mail: ekikulw[at]gwdg.de; emkikulwe[at]gmail.com

a2 Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA. E-mail: j.falck-zepeda[at]cgiar.org

a3 Technische Universität München, Agricultural and Food Economics, Germany. E-mail: justus.wesseler[at]wzw.tum.de

 

Abstract

Food labelling is costly. Food labelling is often demanded with the introduction of new food products such as genetically modified (GM) food. If consumers do not have trust in the label, scarce resources are wasted. This paper investigates factors affecting the trust in food labels among Ugandan consumers. The results suggest that older, less-educated individuals of smaller household sizes and with trust in government institutions have more trust in food labels. Other factors were also found to be important. The government has to consider those differences in consumer trust when designing a GM labelling policy.


Link: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9125863&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1355770X13000636

Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck-Zepeda and Justus Wesseler. ‘If labels for GM food were present, would consumers trust them?’ Insights from a consumer survey in Uganda . Environment and Development Economics, available on CJO2013.  (Received January 15 2013; Revised October 06 2013;Accepted October 17 2013)

doi:10.1017/S1355770X13000636