Project Objectives & Activities:
This project seeks to understand how individual dietary choices contribute to health and environmental outcomes, and how such choices can be modified by policy. This will be done through developing a new approach that uses data from a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States.
There are five main aims for this pilot project, which build on each other sequentially:
1. To develop a methodology that links diet, health, and environmental data at the level of the individual;
2. To describe how greenhouse gas emissions of diets are related to socio-economic characteristics and behavioral patterns of U.S. individuals;
3. To test the hypothesis that healthful diets, as selected, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions;
4. To simulate the effects of a policy change, such as new dietary guidance, on dietary behaviors, health and environmental outcomes; and
5. To foster subsequent research on diet, health, and the environment through dissemination of our work.
- Environmental Impacts of Diets: Development of an LCA Database to Link to Individual's Food Choices in the United States
- Greenhouse gas emissions and energy use associated with production of individual self-selected US diets
- Position of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior: The Importance of Including Environmental Sustainability in Dietary Guidance
- Regional Scale Characterization and Assessment of Water Use and Competition Impacts for U.S. Food Crops
- Relation between healthiness of the diet and greenhouse gas emissions from food in the USA: a population-based cross-sectional study