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Dynamics of consumer behavior and policies in sustainable food systems in Turkey

Atay Haspolat, Nihan
This thesis examined causes and results of consumer behaviors, which determine the dynamics of consumption in sustainable food systems and analyzed the effectiveness of public policies on food consumption in Turkey. In this context, the structure of sustainable food systems, factors affecting food consumers’ behaviors and preferences and public policies and policy implications towards food consumers in Turkey are examined. In addition, semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with a purposively chosen group of 13 people (7 mothers, 6 fathers) married between the ages 25-40, who have high education and high income. In the study, it is found that public policies towards food are implied in different dimensions and individuals do not have sufficient information on policy implications in Turkey. In addition, some suggestions were made considering the need of creating policies suitable for different consumer needs and correcting the deficiencies in existing policies.