Health matters for subscribers to community-supported agriculture

Farr-Wharton, G, Lyle, P, Choi, H and Foth, M 2012, 'Health matters for subscribers to community-supported agriculture', Food and Public Health, vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 184-192.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Health matters for subscribers to community-supported agriculture
Author(s) Farr-Wharton, G
Lyle, P
Choi, H
Foth, M
Year 2012
Journal name Food and Public Health
Volume number 2
Issue number 6
Start page 184
End page 192
Total pages 9
Publisher Scientific & Academic Publishing Co.
Abstract There are a variety of reasons and motivations for people to subscribe to community-supported agriculture (CSA) schemes, many of which include social, ethical, environmental, and economical benefits. The global rise of food allergies and food related health issues in recent years has led to a growing number of initiatives particularly in developing countries to raise more awareness of the current situation amongst individuals, organisations, and government bodies, and to plan for its implications for the existing food and health systems. Based on a mixed method research conducted in Australia, this paper argues that personal health matters are one of the key motivators for consumers to seek out alternative food systems, particularly CSA initiatives. In addition, it presents the willingness for consumers to seek out information about the food they consume and proposes that technology plays a key role in being used as a conduit to share and investigate information relating to alternative food systems. Further research is required to determine the variety of benefits and opportunities alternative food systems can provide consumers with food related health issues.
Subject Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Design Innovation
Keyword(s) FoodCHI
Community-supported Agriculture
Urban informatics
DOI - identifier 10.5923/j.fph.20120206.01
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