Title: Economic crisis and food selection: the financial, social and spatial dimension

Authors: George Vlontzos; Marie-Noelle Duquenne

Addresses: Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytoko, 38446 Volos, Greece ' Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, 38334 Volos, Greece

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine the changes on food consumption patterns of Greek households, following the economic crisis in Greece and the austerity measures that have greatly reduced the households' incomes. Six patterns of food consumption's behaviour have been detected, revealing that most of the households have modified their eating habits, reducing the quantities consumed and/or looking for less expensive brands. Quite enlightening is the research being made on the spatial basis. The results of this approach signify that low income households in urban areas, where the majority of the population lives, are deeply affected by the crisis, with these percentages to be even higher at semi urban and rural areas. This is the first attempt of assessment of the impact of the economic crisis in Greece on food consumption patterns.

Keywords: economic crisis; principal component analysis; PCA; agricultural resources; food selection; financial dimension; social dimension; spatial dimension; food consumption; Greece; austerity measures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2014.063584

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 2014 Vol.10 No.2, pp.203 - 215

Available online: 17 Jul 2014 *

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