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Perceptions on Environment and Environment-Friendly Agricultural Products of College Students in Seoul and Incheon Area

경인지역 대학생의 환경과 친환경농산물에 대한 인식

  • Sung, Min-Jung (Dept. of Food and Nutrition, College of Human Ecology, Inha University) ;
  • Choi, Hyo-Seon (Home-Economics Education, Graduate School of Education, Inha University) ;
  • Chang, Kyung-Ja (Dept. of Food and Nutrition, College of Human Ecology, Inha University)
  • 성민정 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 최효선 (인하대학교 교육대학원 가정교육) ;
  • 장경자 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과)
  • Published : 2008.03.31

Abstract

This study was performed in order to investigate perceptions on environment and environment-friendly agricultural products, knowledge level and opinion about these products. The subjects were 387 college students in Seoul and Incheon area. This survey was conducted by self-administered questionnaire. The statistical analysis was conducted using the SPSS 12.0 program. Male subjects were 53.2% and female subjects were 46.8%. 52.9% of the subjects have knowledge about environment-friendly agricultural products. Also 50.9% of the subjects knew certification label of environment-friendly agricultural products whereas 13.4% knew certification authority of environment-friendly agricultural products. The average scores of 'image of environment-friendly agricultural products', 'attitude towards environment', 'attitude towards agrichemical' were $3.84{\pm}0.68,\;3.51{\pm}0.73\;and\;3.58{\pm}0.87$, respectively. In regard to 'image of environment- friendly agricultural products', the scores were significantly affected by gender (p<0.05), self-recognition of health status (p<0.05) and self-knowledge about environment-friendly agricultural products (p<0.001). In regard to 'attitude towards environment', the scores were significantly affected by self-recognition of health status (p<0.05), self-knowledge about environment-friendly agricultural products (p<0.001), and information about environment friendly agricultural products certificate authority (p<0.01). In regard to 'attitude towards agrichemical', the scores were significantly affected by gender (p<0.001), self-recognition of health status (p<0.05), supplements for health (p<0.05) and self-knowledge about environment-friendly agricultural products (p<0.001). Therefore, various education programs on environment-friendly agricultural products are necessary for college students to make right food choices.

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