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Internet-enabled access to alternative food networks: a comparison of online and offline food shoppers and their differing interpretations of quality

Wills, BD ORCID: 0000-0001-6446-4507 and Arundel, A ORCID: 0000-0001-6833-2472 2017 , 'Internet-enabled access to alternative food networks: a comparison of online and offline food shoppers and their differing interpretations of quality' , Agriculture and Human Values, vol. 34, no. 3 , pp. 701-712 , doi: 10.1007/s10460-017-9771-2.

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Abstract

Online food retail has the potential to broaden access to systems of food provision which promote social and environmental quality attributes. This possibility is explored using data from a survey of 365 consumers who purchased food either via internet retailers of local and organic food, or via farmers’ markets, in Vancouver, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. Survey results are analyzed using principal component and regression techniques and interpreted via the theoretical framework of conventions theory. Key findings show that while online retailers of local organic food are not currently attracting more resource constrained consumers, they do appeal to a similar, although broader, array of quality conventions. This research provides new insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with increasing consumer access to alternative food networks, as well as adding to the small number of quantitative studies in the conventions theory literature.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wills, BD and Arundel, A
Keywords: alternative food systems, internet commerce, access equity, conventions theory
Journal or Publication Title: Agriculture and Human Values
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0889-048X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10460-017-9771-2
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Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017

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