Standards und Kennzeichen für Öko-Lebensmittel aus Verbrauchersicht: Empfehlungen für agrar-politische Entscheidungsträger

Meike Janssen, Ulrich Hamm

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From July 2010 on, prepacked organic food products must be labelled with the new EU logo. For many years, there have been numerous voluntary organic certification labels in Germany. This paper examines how consumers perceive differences between the organic standards behind the different labels. From the analysis, recommendations are derived for agrarian political decision makers at EU level, national and regional level as well as for private farmers’ associations.
The focus group discussions with consumers showed that only single participants could name specific differences between different organic standards. Some participants distinguished between high standards of the farmers’ associations in contrast to lower legal standards. Many participants, however, were not aware of any differences. The new EU label for organic food was seen rather critically by the participants. It was feared that the organic standards might be lowered and the control system was questioned. Hence, it is urgently recommended to carry out comprehensive communication campaigns with the introduction of the new EU label, in order to gain consumer trust. In an interim phase, the Bio-Siegel should be used in addition to the mandatory EU logo so that consumers can easily recognise organic food. The farmers’ associations must differentiate their standards more clearly from the EU standards and put more emphasis on communicating the added values to consumers, if they do not want their logos to disappear from the market.
Original languageGerman
JournalBerichte ueber Landwirtschaft
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)86-102
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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