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Does the Swedish consumer's choice of food influence greenhouse gas emissions?
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemical Engineering and Technology.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemical Engineering and Technology.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemical Engineering and Technology.
2004 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 7, no 6, 525-535 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consumer's choice of food can influence the environment. In Sweden, in common with many other countries, consumers need to be given information so they can make environmentally informed shopping choices. However, what is the most advantageous dietary choice to lower greenhouse emissions? This study investigates the greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production for food consumed in Sweden annually. Specifically, this study compares greenhouse gas emissions associated with a nutritionally and environmentally sustainable diet with the average consumption of food in Sweden 1999. The study concludes that the change in energy use and greenhouse gas emission associated with this change of diet is negligible. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions by changing food production processes results in more profound changes than teaching consumers to make environmentally correct choices. There is a basic need for a reduction or a replacement of the use of fossil fuels to produce and distribute our food in order to reach any significant reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases. Swedish agricultural policy does not provide ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Sweden therefore there is an immediate need to design policy instruments with the primary aim of reducing the greenhouse effect.

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2004. Vol. 7, no 6, 525-535 p.
Keyword [en]
food production, consumers, sustainable diet, greenhouse emissions, consumption
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23929DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2004.08.004ISI: 000225483900008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-13944284613OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-23929DiVA: diva2:342628
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QC 20100525 QC 20111031Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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