Designing Lifestyle-specific Food Policies Based on Nutritional Requirements and Ecological Footprints.

Vetőné Mózner, Zsófia and Csutora, Mária (2013) Designing Lifestyle-specific Food Policies Based on Nutritional Requirements and Ecological Footprints. Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy, 9 (2). pp. 48-59.

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Expanded understanding of the trends and determinants of food consumption is needed to reduce the ecological impacts of the contemporary agro-food system while also being attentive to broader issues pertaining to health and the environment. Incorporating these additional aspects and formulating meaningful dietary recommendations is a major challenge. This article seeks to highlight differences in ecological footprint (EF) by activity level for various so-cial groups to meet suggested physiological requirements by nutritionists versus actual food consumption. The study is based on a combination of healthy diet requirements (as expressed by national guidelines) and a survey of a repre-sentative sample of 1,013 Hungarian adults using a bottom-up approach for calculating EFs. Students and women with small children have a higher than average food-related EF due to their higher nutritional needs. At the same time, the elderly are characterized by lower footprints. Perhaps most interesting is our finding that people with seden-tary forms of employment have higher food footprints than those with jobs that require physical labor. We offer rec-ommendations for food-policy planning based on encouraging dietary changes for individuals, differentiated by the nature of their work. The research suggests that dietary policy that improves health often has environmental benefits.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:food consumption, diets, nutrition, environmental impact, health policy, occupational health
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute for Environmental Science > Department of Environmental Economics and Technology
Environmental economics
Projects:TÁMOP 4.2.2./B-10/1-2010-0023
ID Code:1444
Deposited By: Zsófia Vetőné Mózner
Deposited On:18 Feb 2014 11:34
Last Modified:18 Feb 2014 11:34

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