Reducing environmental impacts through sustainable food choice


Professor Michelle Holdsworth, School of Health and Related Research


Dr Manoj Menon, Department of Geography
Dr Margo Barker, Sheffield Hallam University

Grantham Scholar

Fiona Graham

There is a clear consensus that UK food consumption patterns are environmentally unsustainable. Policies to instil greener patterns of consumption – greater use of plant foods and fish from sustainable sources combined with moderation in use of animal foods and processed food – are urgently needed. This project explores how university staff and students might be encouraged to embrace sustainable food choices within a cafeteria setting. Initially the research focus will be to develop a sustainability index, based on water and carbon use of foods and beverages as sold in university cafeterias. The study will also gather information on students’ knowledge, beliefs and attitudes towards dietary change for the environment. These data will be used to inform policy development around sustainable food choice. The final part of the work will specifically test the efficacy of interventions that extend university food sustainability policy on food choice.

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