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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2023 Vol.24 No.4 P.359-365


Chinese young people’s perceptions and preferences with regard to various edible urban plants

Author(s):  Wenzhu ZHANG, Zhaoming LI, Jingxian CUI, Lingshan WANG, Hui LIU, Hong LIU

Affiliation(s):  Institute of Environmental Biology and Life Support Technology, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100083, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   liuhui87@buaa.edu.cn

Key Words:  Questionnaire survey, Edible plants, Preference, Perception, Home gardening, Green space

Wenzhu ZHANG, Zhaoming LI, Jingxian CUI, Lingshan WANG, Hui LIU, Hong LIU. Chinese young people’s perceptions and preferences with regard to various edible urban plants[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2023, 24(4): 359-365.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 2017), and mental health is defined as not only the absence of mental illness, but also the presence of psychological well-being. An expanding body of evidence highlights the relationship between nature (such as urban greenspace) and health (Li et al., 2019; Flaxman et al., 2020). However, human development and subsequent effects such as climate change and epidemic disease (COVID-19) lead to altered living environments and lifestyles. Expanding cities and urban residents have inequitable access to nature, particularly in areas of greater depriv‑ation, where both public and private greenspaces are less available (Feng et al., 2021). In addition, young people spend more than 80% of their time indoors due to constant use of electronic devices for work, study, and entertainment (Klepeis et al., 2001). Mobile phones, personal computers, and video-game devices have become the main means for them to release stress. Excessive use of these electronic devices may affect normal brain activity, increasing the risk of Internet addiction and producing a range of physical and mental problems (Tran et al., 2017). These signal the pressing need for scientific investigation of efficient and convenient ways to increase contact with nature, or alternatively, to better regulate emotions indoors.


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