Sustainable food production uses processes and systems to lower the environmental impact of food production and to protect workers, communities and consumers, while not compromising the needs of future generations. Although consumers are aware that food production has an impact on climate change, most research shows a clear lack of consumer knowledge of sustainable diets, as well as many misconceptions about them. Eating more local food, minimising meat consumption and choosing responsibly sourced seafood options are all ways to eat more sustainably.
Eating more seasonal fruit and vegetables is just one aspect of eating more sustainably. When it comes to the environment, what we eat may be even more important.
A pan-European study by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), published in Food Policy, has found that consumers have a reasonable understanding of sustainability as a responsible behaviour towards the environment and a fair treatment of present and future generations.
In a review published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Dr Macdiarmid from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (Aberdeen), addresses the question whether a healthful diet can also be environmentally sustainable...