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December 2005 No. 3

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Joint Organic Congress

QLIF Congress 2006


QLIF Research News

Organic milk as a high value product

Effects of management practices on the composition of nutritually relevant compounds and sensory quality of crops

Consumer attitudes to food quality and safety


QLIF Training and Exchange Workshop

International QLIF Training and Exchange Workshop


QLIF Communication

Improving communication on organic research

Communicating European research 2005

Organic Eprints expands the number of editors and users


New Technical Manager for QLIF

Open doors at Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux

Effect of management practise on lettuce quality


Notes & Correspondance

New organic principles

SOAR summer School 2006

Keynotes from seminar on environmentally friendly food production systems

Suggestions for EU regulation

First scientific conference at FQH

Evaluating inputs for organic farming - a new system


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Consumer attitudes to quality and safety of organic and low input foods: a review

A review report has been issued in subproject 1 focusing on the relevance of consumer research to the wider QLIF project

Download the report (pdf) The QualityLowInputFood (QLIF) integrated project has, as its overall objective, improvement of safety, assured quality and reduced cost throughout organic and low input food chains in Europe, increasing value to both consumers and producers.

An important contribution to this objective will be made from better understanding of consumers’ expectations and attitudes towards these issues.

Some relevant aspects of consumer characteristics are to be explored as a primary contribution to the QLIF project, but others have been the subjects of more recent research.

It is clearly important that the significance of previous studies is taken into account in developing the various strands of QLIF; both to make the anticipated consumer research more focused and coherent, but also to inform and orient the life sciences component of the project.

In September 2004 a workshop was convened to discuss the relevance of consumer research to the wider QLIF project. On the basis of the workshop a report has been produced in subproject 1 (WP 1.1.1).

The report has three aims:

  • to report on a survey and analysis of both scientific literature and also recent primary data available to the project team providing insights to consumer attitudes to organic products
  • to support new empirical investigations of consumer attributes which will be the focus in later stages of subproject 1
  • to raise issues for broader discussion, based on the foregoing

Download the report (PDF)