Rhetoric and Composition Department
Description or Abstract
The current food system is directly responsible for much environmental damage including severe climate change, biodiversity loss, and land scarcity. This research aims to find some strategies to mitigate these damages through diet by specifically targeting adolescents because they are potential problem-solvers. This period is also when personality and habits are articulated. By focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and food waste, a more environmentally sustainable diet can be formulated. The key findings of the research can be summarized by reducing ultra-processed foods, choosing sustainably produced food, generally reducing meat consumption from the current rate, substituting red and processed meat with monogastric meat, and becoming more mindful about the consumption of plant-based food. This is because significant amounts of food waste is mainly plant-based, which calls for changes in consumer behaviors. In addition, raising awareness in teenagers and convincing them is important to make a difference. Collective efforts between governments, producers, and consumers are needed to reach optimum balance between human nutrition and environmental sustainability while considering factors like cultural and personal preferences and economic situations.
food, nutrition, environment, sustainable, greenhouse gas, food waste, adolescence
Elsehelly, Lina, "The most environmentally sustainable diet for adolescents in terms of land use, food waste, and greenhouse gas emissions." (2023). Papers, Posters, and Presentations. 110.