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Perception of Use of Environment-friendly Agricultural Products during School Foodservice of Mothers of Elementary School Students in Gyeonggi

경기 일부지역 초등학생 어머니의 학교급식 친환경농산물에 대한 인식

  • An, Young-Un (Major in Nutrition Education, Graduate School of Education, Kongju National University) ;
  • Kim, Myung-Hee (Division of Food Science, Kongju National University) ;
  • Choi, Mi-Kyeong (Division of Food Science, Kongju National University) ;
  • Kim, Mi-Hyun (Division of Food Science, Kongju National University)
  • 안영언 (공주대학교 교육대학원 영양교육전공) ;
  • 김명희 (공주대학교 식품과학부) ;
  • 최미경 (공주대학교 식품과학부) ;
  • 김미현 (공주대학교 식품과학부)
  • Received : 2018.06.04
  • Accepted : 2018.06.26
  • Published : 2018.06.30

Abstract

Objectives: This study was to investigate the perception of mothers of elementary school students regarding environment-friendly agricultural products in school foodservice. Methods: A total of 282 mothers whose children were receiving environment-friendly agricultural products during elementary school foodservice in Gyeonggi participated in this questionnaire survey. The survey was conducted to investigate respondents perception and satisfaction with environment-friendly agricultural products in their children's school meals from May 29 to June 9, 2017. Results: About 79% of the subjects were satisfied with school foodservice. The most important aspects of school foodservice were nutrition (35.8%) and sanitation (34.8%). Over 80% of the subjects were aware of environment-friendly agricultural products and about 54% of the subjects checked for a certification mark when purchasing environment-friendly agricultural products. Additionally, 72.3% of the subjects knew that environment-friendly agricultural products were used at school. The advantages of using environment-friendly agricultural products in school foodservice were safety (75.5%) and high food quality (16.3%). About 66% of the mothers knew the school was receiving support from the city or education office for using environment-friendly agricultural products. Additionally, 74.5% of the mothers responded that they are willing to pay for use of environment-friendly agricultural products when subsidies were not supported. Conclusions: The positive perception and high support for use of environment-friendly agricultural products in school foodservice among elementary students' mothers can be used as basic data for expansion of the use of environment-friendly agricultural products in school foodservice.

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