Young Canadians willing to pay more for organic, non-GMO food
Published: May 27, 2023
Category: Market News
About one-in-four Canadians frequently check labels to see if the products they buy are organic and non-GMO.
Canadians aged 18 to 34 are more likely than their older counterparts to consider paying a premium for produce and groceries that are organic or free from genetically modified organisms (GMO), a new Research Co. poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample, 41% of Canadians say they would not pay more for organic food. The proportion rises to 57% among those aged 55 and over, but drops to 41% among those aged 35 to 54 and to 23% among those aged 18 to 34.
A similar scenario is observed on non-GMO food. Just over three in ten Canadians (31%) would not pay more for produce and groceries that offered this guarantee, including 38% of those aged 55 and over, 31% of those aged 35 to 54 and 22% of those aged 18 to 34.
More than a third of Canadians would not pay more for food from a company that guaranteed a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Once again, the country’s oldest adults are less likely to consider paying a premium (45%) than their counterparts aged 35 to 54 (38%) and aged 18 to 34 (23%).
“More than two in five residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (42%), Atlantic Canada (41%,) and Alberta (41%) would not be swayed by food producers guaranteeing lower greenhouse gas emissions than their competitors,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The proportions are lower in British Columbia (37%), Ontario (35%) and Quebec (28%).”
Almost four-in-five Canadians (79%) agree that climate change threatens the world’s food supply. More than seven in ten feel the food supply in Canada (76%) and their province (73%) is in danger because of climate change.
One third of Canadians (33%) claim to frequently check labels in the food they buy to review the country or province of origin. About one in four check food labels frequently to see if products are organic (24%) or non-GMO (23%).
More than three in five Canadians (61%) think the agriculture sector is “definitely” or “probably” taking action to reduce its environmental footprint. The rating is similar for the forestry sector (60%), and lower for two other industries: natural gas (47%) and mining (42%).
Source: Research Co.
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