Special Issue "Food Systems – The Importance of Consumption"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: plant-based diets; food waste; healthy lifestyle behavior change; local food systems; food system sustainability
Interests: food demand; food and health; food system policy; behavior change
Interests: food system sustainability; environmental humanities; history of food and energy; agricultural history; biomass; food policy
In recent decades, considerable focus has been placed on exploring the complexities, trade-offs, and opportunities of a systems approach to food and nutrition. Multi-disciplinary literature already exists focusing on larger-scale concerns, such as adaptation of agricultural systems, food policy, and governance. This Special Issue of Sustainability seeks papers that further explore food systems with a specific focus on the importance of the consumer. In particular, how have food consumption patterns changed among individuals and families, and what personal, cultural, economic, and environmental factors have driven these changes? How have consumers' needs, rights, and customs been understood and shaped by national and global food agencies, and how have those changed over time? How do consumers negotiate the trade-offs of food consumption and values, for instance in seeking healthful foods despite potential detrimental social or environmental impacts in the same set of food choices? What behavior change strategies show success in helping consumers adopt more sustainable diets, or decrease household food waste, or otherwise take into consideration multiple, potentially contending values related to dietary patterns? What market nudges, if any, impact consumer behavior? Finally, how can or does individual choice aggregate into social movements and norms that more broadly reflect a new set of consumer behaviors supporting a healthier food system for individuals, households, organizations, and society?
Dr. Christopher Wharton
Dr. Jane Kolodinsky
Dr. Josh MacFayden
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Dietary intake
- behavior change
- food environment
- food waste
- history of consumption
- plant-based diets
- food systems