ASSESSING CONSUMER PREFERENCES FOR ORGANIC, ECO-LABELED, AND REGULAR APPLES
By: Loureiro, Maria L.; McCluskey, Jill J.; Mittelhammer, Ronald C.
Loureiro, Maria L.; McCluskey, Jill J.; Mittelhammer, Ronald C., ASSESSING CONSUMER PREFERENCES FOR ORGANIC, ECO-LABELED, AND REGULAR APPLES, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 26, Issue 2, December 2001, Pages 404-416
We assess consumer choice of eco-labeled, organic, and regular apples, and identify sociodemographic characteristics affecting the choice among those three alternatives. Eco-labeled apples are less desirable than organic when food safety, the environment, and children's needs are considered. Characteristics that may be expected to positively affect the decision to buy eco-labeled apples relative to regular apples actually have the opposite effect with the inclusion of the organic alternative. When considering all three choices, the eco-labeled product is found to be an intermediate choice among consumers.