Why do people buy organic food? : The moderating role of environmental concerns and trust

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Tandon , A , Dhir , A , Kaur , P , Kushwah , S & Salo , J 2020 , ' Why do people buy organic food? The moderating role of environmental concerns and trust ' , Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services , vol. 57 , 102247 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretconser.2020.102247

Title: Why do people buy organic food? : The moderating role of environmental concerns and trust
Author: Tandon, Anushree; Dhir, Amandeep; Kaur, Puneet; Kushwah, Shiksha; Salo, Jari
Contributor organization: Department of Economics and Management
Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health
Date: 2020-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services
ISSN: 0969-6989
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretconser.2020.102247
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320396
Abstract: Although consumer interest in organic food has risen over time, resulting in a generally positive attitude toward these organic food products, scholarly research suggests a comparatively low volume of its consumption in the market. This has resulted in an urgent need to study the motivations which enhance consumers' proclivity to purchase food items produced organically. The current research attempts to understand potential associations between motivations (intrinsic and extrinsic), attitude, and buying behaviour towards organic food. Self-determination theory (SDT) was applied to develop a theoretically grounded framework which was evaluated with 378 organic food consumers. The hypotheses were tested by analyzing the data through structural equation modelling (SEM), wherein environmental concerns and trust were the moderating variables. The study results demonstrate the significant influence of intrinsic motivation, integrated and external regulation on consumer attitude, and buying behaviour. But, attitude had no significant association with buying behaviour. The findings indicate consumers' motivation may be stimulated to encourage higher frequencies of purchasing organic food by emphasizing values that reflect motivations arising from ethical or green consumerism, health, and social benefits. Furthermore, policymakers should focus on avenues to integrate organic food as permanent parts of individual lives and a socially exalting behavioral action.
Subject: Buying behaviour
Environmental concerns
OOrganic food
Self-determination theory
512 Business and Management
416 Food Science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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