Sustainable Consumption and Gender
If population and consumption trends continue, the equivalent of two Earths will be needed to support humanity by 2030 (Global Footprint Network 2012). The social, environmental, and economic impacts of global consumptive trends are well documented in the sustainable consumption literature. This entry discusses some of the major food-related sustainable consumption trends and does so by using a gender lens to better understand the gender factors and realities within these trends. The term “sustainable consumption” is used in accordance with the United Nations Environment Programme’s working definition: “The use of goods and services that respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life, while minimizing the use of natural resources, toxic materials and emissions of waste and pollutants over the lifecycle, so as not to...
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