Pratiques, perceptions et attitudes des consommateurs de la Communauté métropolitaine de Québec à l'égard des aliments locaux

Authors: Fortier, Julie
Advisor: Provencher, Véronique
Abstract: Many countries, regions, cities and communities around the world, particularly in Quebec, are now investigating their own food systems in order to analyze their strengths and weaknesses. This study is part of the REPSAQ project: Vers une alimentation territorialisée et durable : une recherche participative pour comprendre le système alimentaire de Québec. This dissertation presents the results of the analysis of the "consumption" link in the Québec City food system, which focuses more specifically on Québec Metropolitan Community’s consumers. The two consecutive phases of this study provided a better understanding of the practices and habits of a sample of consumers with respect to locally produced foods, verified their associations with diet quality and explored perceived barriers and facilitators to the consumption of local foods according to the Theory of Planned Behaviour. The results, reported as a Locavore score, illustrate a low use of short food supply chains and a low consumption of food produced in the region or province of Québec among participants. A modest but significant association between the diet quality and the Locavore score has been identified. In addition, although consumer attitudes towards local foods were very positive, it appears that several barriers such as limited offer and high prices affect behaviour. On the other hand, high consumers of local foods appear to be more informed about the food system in general and engaged in the "cause" of local food, while low consumers seek convenience in their food choices and provisioning schemes. Better promotion, an appropriate consumer education and awareness strategy, and a change in distribution strategies are among the avenues identified to promote the consumption of local food.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 31 October 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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