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Hauptsachtitel:
Consumer citizenship.
Untertitel/Zusätze:
Acting to minimise environmental health risks related to the food system.
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Zeitschrift/Zeitung:
Appetite
Z-Jahrgang:
46
Z-Heftnummer/-bez.:
3
Erscheinungsjahr:
Seite (von-bis):
270-279
Kurzinfo:
Public health practitioners interested in supporting consumers to make healthy, sustainable food choices need to understand consumer motivations to reduce food system risk. Increasingly food technologies that have enhanced access to food supply are being recognised as also impacting on the sustainability of the food system. This study explored the actions taken by Australian participants in response to their concerns about perceived food related threats to health and environment. Variance in willingness to act is analysed within the context of environmental and ecological citizenship, and a continuum describes the range of positions held. From the outset some participants self-identified as environmentally concerned and proactive, while others indicated a secondary interest in the environment. The catalyst for action for the majority was the priority of individual health and such self-interest can be a powerful motivator for change. Others related health to the environment and described efforts to minimise individual impact. Equally important for action to occur is being at a stage in life where other demands do not compete for the time and energy necessary to take citizenship actions. These results provide insight into the support that public health practitioners can offer to consumers who wish to make sustainable food choices.
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2006.01.011