Did you know that Twitter messages indicate the reactions to food crisis?

In a recent study, CIS-IUL researchers engaged in FoodRisC Project (http://www.foodrisc.org/) analysed the Spanish tweets during the 2011 food crisis associated to the EHEC or Ecoli - Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. This crisis has important consequences for Spanish cucumber producers. Twitter messages during a 90 day period (12th May 2011 to 12th August 2011) including Ecoli/EHEC mentions were analysed in order to understand people's ways of coping with the crisis.

Results show that the main strategies used were accomodation (aceptance), information seeking (interest) and opposition (anger) and that this last strategy was more common during uncertainty periods.


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