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Animal foods and climate change: shadowing eating practices

Cole, Matthew, Miele, Mara ORCID:, Hines, Peter, Zokaei, Keivan, Evans, Barry Kenneth Peter and Beale, Jo 2009. Animal foods and climate change: shadowing eating practices. International Journal of Consumer Studies 33 (2) , pp. 162-167. 10.1111/j.1470-6431.2009.00751.x

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Animal farming exceeds all forms of transport in terms of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Despite the implications of the seriousness of addressing animal farming in relation to mitigating the effects of GHG emissions, to date, the relationship between consumer behaviour and climate change has tended to neglect the role of animal foods. This paper reports on a pilot study in which six UK households were ‘shadowed’ to facilitate the investigation of the relationship between animal food practices and environmental practices, as they emerge in day-to-day life. Results indicate that most participants make no connection between the two issues at present, in terms of awareness or practice. However, animal foods do have an ambiguous and complex status in most participants' food practices; for instance, being viewed as problematic for reasons of health or animal welfare. This finding suggests that further research is needed into the potential for raising awareness of the link between animal-based foods and climate change. This might have a role to play in shifting food practices towards more plant-based, less GHG intensive, foods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal foods;climate change;consumer behaviour;environmental concern;greenhouse gases;shadowing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1470-6423
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:54

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