Personality traits and consumer acceptance of controversial food technology

A cross-country investigation of genetically modified animal products

Wen Lin, David L. Ortega, Vincenzina Caputo, Jayson L. Lusk

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Abstract

Recent breakthroughs in biotechnology have expanded the range of applications in animal agriculture. Acceptance of food products from these animals is expected to be controversial and requires a thorough understanding of consumer preferences and drivers of acceptance. This paper explores the role of personality, measured via the Big Six personality traits (Agency, Agreeableness, Openness, Neuroticism, Extraversion and Conscientiousness), on consumer acceptance of a genetically modified pork product in the US (N = 945), China (N = 945) and Italy (N = 954). The effect of personality is most evident in US consumers with five out of six personality traits explaining preferences for genetically modified pork. Openness was the only trait that consistently explained consumer acceptance in our three countries and conscientiousness was found to be a good predictor in Western cultures. Our results reinforce the need to use psychological characteristics of consumers to understand controversial food acceptance and highlight the differential impact of personality across cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-19
Number of pages10
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Volume76
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 1

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Keywords

  • Animal product
  • Big Six
  • Consumer preference
  • Cross-culture
  • Genetic modification
  • Novel food
  • Personality

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  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Personality traits and consumer acceptance of controversial food technology : A cross-country investigation of genetically modified animal products. / Lin, Wen; Ortega, David L.; Caputo, Vincenzina; Lusk, Jayson L.

In: Food Quality and Preference, Vol. 76, 01.09.2019, p. 10-19.

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