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Definitions, sources and self-reported consumption of regionally grown fruits and vegetables in two regions of Australia

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Kent, K ORCID: 0000-0002-5330-7044, Godrich, S, Murray, S ORCID: 0000-0002-2261-7840, Auckland, S ORCID: 0000-0001-7972-0227, Blekkenhorst, L, Penrose, B ORCID: 0000-0001-9604-4953, Lo, J and Devine, A 2020 , 'Definitions, sources and self-reported consumption of regionally grown fruits and vegetables in two regions of Australia' , Nutrients, vol. 12, no. 4 , pp. 1-20 , doi: 10.3390/nu12041026.

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Abstract

Regional food systems are complex networks, with numerous retail sources that underpin a local economy. However, evidence is limited regarding how consumers define, identify, and source regionally grown fresh fruits and vegetables (RGFFV). A cross-sectional study was conducted in Tasmania (TAS) and South Western Australia (SWA) to compare how RGFFV are defined, identified and sourced by consumers, including self-reported consumption of selected RGFFV. Survey data were analyzed using the Chi-square test and t-tests. Results (TAS n = 120, SWA n= 123) identified that consumers had mixed perceptions of how RGFFV are defined, including produce sold at farmers markets, or grown within their region (TAS/SWA). RGFFV were commonly identified using product labelling (55% TAS, 69% SWA; p > 0.05). Respondents reported frequently shopping for RGFFV at major supermarkets, with more TAS respondents shopping weekly in comparison to SWA respondents (67% vs. 38%; p p = 0.012). The major RGFFV consumed were root vegetables and apples/pears, but consumers were frequently unsure about the produce's provenance. Our findings indicate multiple opportunities to improve consumption of fresh, regional produce in TAS and SWA, which may positively impact regional economic growth and community health.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kent, K and Godrich, S and Murray, S and Auckland, S and Blekkenhorst, L and Penrose, B and Lo, J and Devine, A
Keywords: fruit, vegetables, regional, rural, food preferences, food supply
Journal or Publication Title: Nutrients
Publisher: MDPI Publishing
ISSN: 2072-6643
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/nu12041026
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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