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The Psychology of Food Safety and Consumption

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Food safety and food security are both central issues for human welfare and wellbeing in modern society. The importance of these two issues has led global leaders to invest their efforts and capital heavily in improving food quality and governance. On the other hand, these issues as phenomena are especially ...

Food safety and food security are both central issues for human welfare and wellbeing in modern society. The importance of these two issues has led global leaders to invest their efforts and capital heavily in improving food quality and governance. On the other hand, these issues as phenomena are especially critical when being embodied in the context of food consumption. Issues regarding food safety/security and consumption are greatly connected through psychological mechanisms. After all, it is the consumers’ inner psychological and cognitive functions of food safety that may directly determine their intentions and behaviors toward food consumption. What might be equally important but long-neglected by empirical studies, is the reverse logic that food consumption per se may alter consumers’ psychological interpretation of food safety.

For either case, more innovative studies are required to advance our current knowledge, and to build a formal research stream. For example, trust in safety has long been examined as a vital factor in affecting food consumption, while the issues of “how”, “when”, and “why” daily or specific food consumption experiences may influence consumer’s long-term trust in safety (and trust in “whom”) have not been explored systematically.

In such veins, both conceptual, methodological, and empirical works are desired. Therefore, this Research Topic aims to stimulate new thoughts and generate new insights for food safety and food consumption research. We encourage submissions that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• New psychological mechanism(s) exploration for food safety and consumption
• Research methodology and analytic approaches
• Contexts-specific (e.g. online food shopping) studies
• Integration with other disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Economics, Politics)
• Comparative studies (e.g. same issues in different cultures or sub-cultures)
• Further outcomes for the psychology of food safety and consumption (e.g. habit)
• Policy- and governance-oriented studies/opinions
• Green and sustainable food safety and consumption


Keywords: Psychology, Food consumption, Food safety, Governance, Consumer cognition, Consumer behavior


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18 December 2020 Manuscript

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