Personality traits and consumer acceptance of controversial food technology: A cross-country investigation of genetically modified animal products

October 15, 2019 - Author: Wen Lin, David L. Ortega, , Jayson L. Lusk

Lin, W., Ortega, D. L., Caputo, V., & Lusk, J. L. (2019). Personality traits and consumer acceptance of controversial food technology: A cross-country investigation of genetically modified animal products. Food Quality and Preference, 76, 10-19. 

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.

Tags: department of agricultural food and resource economics, feed the future, food security group, fsg publications, fsp peer reviewed publications, innovation lab for food security policy


Authors

David Ortega

David Ortega
dlortega@msu.edu

Vincenzina Caputo

Vincenzina Caputo
vcaputo@msu.edu

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