Consumer Trust and Distrust in the Food System: Some Implications For the Debates on Food Biotechnologies

Ahmet Ekici, Bilkent University
ABSTRACT - Biotechnology is considered to be one of the most influential revolutions, one far greater in its potential societal consequences than the computer, electronic or atomic revolutions. As with most revolutions, the public’s view on the risks and benefits of the technology is divided. However, most scholars agree that public trust in social institutions and in the food system would be a central issue to understanding public attitudes toward the risks and benefits of food biotechnologies. To date, the nature of such trust has received little systematic empirical attention. This study provides a detailed look at consumer trust and distrust in social institutions and in food safety system. Theoretical significance and practical (public policy) implications of the findings are also discussed.
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Ahmet Ekici (2004) ,"Consumer Trust and Distrust in the Food System: Some Implications For the Debates on Food Biotechnologies", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 31, eds. Barbara E. Kahn and Mary Frances Luce, Valdosta, GA : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 555-563.