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Author Mason, Pamela, 1969-, author

Title Sustainable diets : how ecological nutrition can transform consumption and the food system / Pamela Mason and Tim Lang
Published London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor &Franicis Group, 2017

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Description xiv, 353 pages ; 24 cm
Summary How can huge populations be fed healthily, equitably and affordably while maintaining the ecosystems on which life depends? The evidence of diet's impact on public health and the environment has grown in recent decades, yet changing food supply, consumer habits and economic aspirations proves hard. This book explores what is meant by sustainable diets and why this has to be the goal for the Anthropocene, the current era in which human activities are driving the mismatch of humans and the planet. Food production and consumption are key drivers of transitions already underway, yet policy makers hesitate to reshape public eating habits and tackle the unsustainability of the global food system. The authors propose a multi-criteria approach to sustainable diets, giving equal weight to nutrition and public health, the environment, socio-cultural issues, food quality, economics and governance. This six-pronged approach to sustainable diets brings order and rationality to what either is seen as too complex to handle or is addressed simplistically and ineffectually. The book provides a major overview of this vibrant issue of interdisciplinary and public interest. It outlines the reasons for concern and how actors throughout the food system (governments, producers, civil society and consumers) must engage with (un)sustainable diets.
Contents Introduction : what's the problem? -- Sustainable diets : welcome to the arguments -- Methodologies : measuring what matters while not drowning in complexity -- Health : nutrition science and the messy effects of diet on health -- Environment : why food drives ecosystems stress -- Culture : the social conditions shaping eating patterns -- Food quality : everyone likes their own food -- Real food economics : runaway costs and concentration -- Policy and governance : will anyone unlock the consumption lock-in? -- Conclusions : why sustainable diets matter now
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Food supply -- Environmental aspects
Food consumption -- Environmental aspects
Diet -- Environmental aspects
Nutrition -- Environmental aspects
Agrobiodiversity
Diet
Food Preferences
Food Supply
Food -- economics
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Ecology
Reading List HSN105 recommended text 2019
Author Lang, Tim, author
LC no. 2016048330
ISBN 9780415744706 (hbk)
9780415744720 (pbk)