The production of meat and other animal products are among the leading causes of almost every category of environmental damage. These damages include: habitat loss, aquatic and marine pollution, water scarcity, climate change, and species extinction. In fact, there is scientific consensus that the 2°C climate target will be impossible to meet without a global shift towards a more plant-based diet. Despite this, meat intake continues to rise and is a valued meal staple. This is especially true in the wealthy West.
My research seeks ways to encourage reduced meat consumption. To do this, I will examine the role of social norms in eating behaviour. These social norms are unwritten rules about how we are expected to behave in a particular social group or culture. Other pro-environmental behaviours, like recycling and lower energy use, have been found to be influenced by social norms. But can they do the same to encourage reduced meat consumption?
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