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Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Hello everyone! May I solicit your support for my master thesis on the topic: sustainable food consumption of expats in Switzerland (influence of culture). By 'sustainable food' I refer to organic (Bio Suisse Knospe label, Demeter, Migros Bio, Naturaplan, etc), local and seasonal, less meat, Fairtrade, etc. Please let me know your thoughts on the following questions. Detailed answers would be helpful.


1. How and where did you come to know about sustainable food (as described above)?


2. How does your culture (i.e. ethnicity, food practices, religion) influence your consumption of sustainable food?


3. Apart from your culture, are there other factors that influence you to consume sustainable food?


4. As sustainable food tend to be more expensive than the conventional one, are you willing to pay this higher price, if so why?


5. How does your stay in Switzerland influence your general food consumption and of sustainable food in particular?


Finally, please indicate your COUNTRY OF ORIGIN or ETHNICITY, DURATION OF STAY IN SWITZERLAND and GENDER as they are important for my analysis.


Questions or suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance
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Old 20.11.2015, 15:47
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Sorry, but I don't consider "organic" or "bio" to be "sustainable" in the slightest. Quite the opposite in fact.
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1. How and where did you come to know about sustainable food (as described above)? This questionnaire
2. How does your culture (i.e. ethnicity, food practices, religion) influence your consumption of sustainable food? I'm from Kentucky, so all my chicken based food is fried
3. Apart from your culture, are there other factors that influence you to consume sustainable food? I am of Scottish descent so eat porridge each morning which keeps me sustained
4. As sustainable food tend to be more expensive than the conventional one, are you willing to pay this higher price, if so why? Because the man on the oats box wearing the skirt is so dreamy
5. How does your stay in Switzerland influence your general food consumption and of sustainable food in particular? I'm not a big fan of meatballs or pickled herrings - so eating porridge and fried chicken is the only way I am sustained

Finally, please indicate your COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Kentucky or ETHNICITY Scottish, DURATION OF STAY IN SWITZERLAND until they catch me and GENDER transitioning as they are important for my analysis.

Questions or suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance
There you go. Happy to help.
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1. How and where did you come to know about sustainable food (as described above)?
I saw cabbages in the field when I was growing up. Three years later, there were more cabbages in the field.


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2. How does your culture (i.e. ethnicity, food practices, religion) influence your consumption of sustainable food?
I'm a Yam Yam. We don't eat weird shit.


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3. Apart from your culture, are there other factors that influence you to consume sustainable food?
Yes. Cabbage makes a nice salad.


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4. As sustainable food tend to be more expensive than the conventional one, are you willing to pay this higher price, if so why?
No.


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I eat more potatoes.


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England, Yam Yam, long time now, steamboat

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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Thanks for your reply. I am very much interested in your own thoughts on why you think 'organic and bio' are unsustainable.
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Thank you for your reply. I guess I will be having a great time interpreting results with answers as candid as yours
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Thanks for your effort.
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Thanks for your reply. I am very much interested in your own thoughts on why you think 'organic and bio' are unsustainable.
For example: I bought an organic burger - cooked it - and then left it out. After a few days it had gone moldy - and I had to shave it before I ate it - and I didn't feel very good afterwards. (So much for organic being healthier!!!!)

I did the same with a McDonalds burger and it was perfectly OK to eat 7 days after buying it.

The organic burger did not sustain as long as the McDonalds one.
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

I find cabbage very unsuitable as building material because many often the birds they are coming and eat the cabbage and also the rabbits and then there is little left behind and it is not so rigid is all floppy and so can not be sustain as concrete or brick.

This what I think.
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

I would recommend you to watch this and rethink about your diet

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Dear George, I hope you've realised by now that surveys aren't looked at with much sympathy here.

The guys are having a great time, so thanks for providing the entertainment on this coldish and rainy Friday afternoon.

Don't take it personally, they are just infants at heart.

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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

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Hello everyone! May I solicit your support for my master thesis on the topic: sustainable food consumption of expats in Switzerland (influence of culture). By 'sustainable food' I refer to organic (Bio Suisse Knospe label, Demeter, Migros Bio, Naturaplan, etc), local and seasonal, less meat, Fairtrade, etc. Please let me know your thoughts on the following questions. Detailed answers would be helpful.


1. How and where did you come to know about sustainable food (as described above)?I read newspapers, watch the news and think for myself.


2. How does your culture (i.e. ethnicity, food practices, religion) influence your consumption of sustainable food? Not at all.


3. Apart from your culture, are there other factors that influence you to consume sustainable food? Environemental, health and social justice concerns.


4. As sustainable food tend to be more expensive than the conventional one, are you willing to pay this higher price, if so why? What we pay more for some products, we save by not buying ready-made food, eating less meat and not throwing away food, so actually, even if some products are more expensive we spend less money on food than we used to do.


5. How does your stay in Switzerland influence your general food consumption and of sustainable food in particular? We find it a lot more difficult to eat enough fish, otherwise it doesn't really affect our behaviour.


Finally, please indicate your COUNTRY OF ORIGIN or ETHNICITY, DURATION OF STAY IN SWITZERLAND and GENDER as they are important for my analysis.
Canada; 3,5 years; female


Questions or suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance
Hope it helps.

I'm not a big fan of surveys myself, and I actually question quite a few of the assumptions you seem to be basing your questions on, but I remember writing my thesis 10 years ago and having to pester oil companies to learn about their country risk valuations; it was a painful process and I'm thankful to those who took the time to talk to me.

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Old 20.11.2015, 16:20
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Yield from organic produce = Very small.
Worlds population = Very big. And getting bigger.

a + b = unsustainable.
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

Hi there, estudyante. Just a couple of tips on gathering information for thesis:

1) You might consider using another way to get your information together - there are quite a few free questionnaire tools around that keep the info private from the random lurker. Asking people to post their answers on a public forum, including personal information as gender and ethnicity, is a big no-no. There is a reason people use avatars and nicknames instead of their social security numbers... Asking them to send a private message to you is not better, btw.

2) People are usually not very keen on parting with their opinions with someone they don't know. Yes, you mention it's for your thesis, but that's about it... It really doesn't tell us much about it, does it? A nicer introduction might help people be more open to your questions. Which university? What is the topic? What will the result of this questionnaire be used for?

3) Demand less text from your study groups. Some people will be put off when asked to write a thesis on why they think Bio labels are bullshit. A multiple choice might keep them more interested in finishing the questionnare.
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Re: Do you buy organic, Fairtrade or sustainable food products?

To no. 4 - this statement has no founding. What are you talking about, just the sticker price or overall costs? Price in the food store does not necessarily reflect true costs. Many ag. industries are subsidized. Ex: we help to pay for the production of Swiss dairy products through taxes and subsidy so that the sticker price is lower and we are tricked into thinking it's not that expensive, overall. Even if we never buy or eat them. we pay.


Also, meat is very expensive (but should cost even more, IMO). Growing one's own veggies is just about free…

Same goes for prepackaged, processed, fake meat-like soy products from foofoo shishi health food stores, compared to preparing a bag of chick peas or lentils on the stovetop.


I suggest you make a survey on a different site, and post a link here for those who are interested in participating. Otherwise you'll just draw trolling responses like above by people with nothing better to do on a Friday. Also better to not let people know the purpose of your survey, or they may be biased from the start by your agenda or perceived agenda. Think of sneaky ways to ask the questions, if possible, and maybe some irrelevant (to your thesis) questions to throw people off. Harmless lies are no big deal if they give you impartial answers.

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All the food I eat and buy is organic---never in my life have I had it any other way
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I am pretty sure my master faeces are organic.
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Do you use organic salts instead of the good ole NaCl one for seasoning?
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What a great Friday thread. But I'd better put my mod hat on...

Serious replies to the questionnaire only may be deleted.
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I eat non-organic food and turn it into organic waste.

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