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.