Sustainable eating: Mainstreaming plant-based diets in developed economies

M.B. Beverland

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Abstract

Livestock production has an enormous impact on climate change emissions, resource use, habitat loss, and the availability of staples for consumers in developing countries. Despite this, macromarketers have paid little attention to environmentally sustainable diets. Although researchers in health studies have identified the need to mainstream plant-based diets, they downplay the socio-cultural meanings associated with meat and vegetable consumption. We propose the challenge of change in eating habits reflects a classic agency-structure tension and draw on Kurt Lewin’s force-field theory to examine five forces for/against the mainstreaming of sustainable diets (human health, environmental sustainability, morality, identity, and institutional factors). Policy solutions are identified with particular attention paid to expanding the size of the health vegetarian segment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-382
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Macromarketing
Volume34
Issue number3
Early online date5 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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