Defining organic consumers

Oates, L, Cohen, M and Mann, N 2011, 'Defining organic consumers', in Neuhoff D, Halberg N, Rasmussen IA, Hermansen J, Ssekyewa C, Sohn SM (ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress Volume 2, Namyangju, Republic of Korea, 28 September - 1 October, 2011, pp. 42-45.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Defining organic consumers
Author(s) Oates, L
Cohen, M
Mann, N
Year 2011
Conference name 3rd Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)
Conference location Namyangju, Republic of Korea
Conference dates 28 September - 1 October, 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress Volume 2
Editor(s) Neuhoff D, Halberg N, Rasmussen IA, Hermansen J, Ssekyewa C, Sohn SM
Publisher International Society of Organic Agriculture Research
Place of publication Bonn, Germany
Start page 42
End page 45
Total pages 4
Abstract Pesticides used in conventional farming pose many potential health risks. Organic farming practices and certifying bodies largely prohibit the use of pesticides and data from residue surveys confirm that organic produce has lower pesticide residues than conventional produce. This suggests that that organic food consumption should result in reduced human pesticide exposure, yet only a few published biomonitoring studies on children have examined this link and there are no standards for distinguishing an 'organic consumer' from a 'conventional consumer'. The purpose of this study was to develop instruments to distinguish 'organic consumers' from 'conventional consumers' and inform the design of rigorous biomonitoring trials aiming to assess the impact of organic food consumption on pesticide exposure in adults. The 'Organic Food Intake Survey' (OFIS) and the 'Organic Consumption Survey' (OCS) were designed to quantify 'organic' status and identify prospective participants for biomonitoring studies. It is anticipated that this will ensure that results from biomonitoring trials will be robust and relevant to consumers wanting to reduce their exposure to pesticides.
Subjects Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) organic consumers
dietary pesticide exposure
dietary assessment
Copyright notice © 2011, International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)
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