Understanding the Impacts of Food Consumer Choice and Food Policy Outcomes
Jayson Lusk () and
Jill McCluskey ()
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2018, vol. 40, issue 1, 5-21
The food consumer plays an increasingly prominent role in shaping the food and farming system. A better understanding of how public policies affect consumer choice and how those choices impact health, environment, and food security outcomes is needed. This paper addresses several key challenges we see for the future, including issues related to dietary-related diseases and the efficacy of policies designed to improve dietary choices, trust in the food system, acceptance of new food and farm technologies, environmental impacts of food consumption, preferences for increased food quality, and issues related to food safety. We also identify some research challenges and barriers that exist when studying these issues, including data quality and availability, uncertainty in the underlying biological and physical sciences, and the challenges to welfare economics that are presented by behavioral economics. We also identify the unique role that economists can play in helping address these key societal challenges.
Keywords: Demand; environment; food choice; health; sustainability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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