Understanding Strategies to Influence Environmentally Effective Dietary Shifts: A Workshop to Develop a Research Agenda

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, October 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
University of Michigan

Workshop Goals

We are convening a workshop of thought leaders to address this gap in understanding of the educational and/or motivational strategies to influence environmentally effective dietary shifts. The expected outcome of the workshop is to build the intellectual foundation, collegial relationships and momentum to be successful with a large research grant. This then builds to a longerterm outcome of developing a deeper understanding of interventions that are effective in altering eating behaviors, leading to evidence-based guidance for communities, policymakers and institutions to integrate diet shift strategies into climate action planning. Identifying operative strategies for reducing the environmental burden of diet could have profound impacts on diet composition and our ability to live within planetary boundaries.

  • A literature review will precede the workshop and will provide a base of evidence to inform discussion.
  • The workshop itself will take place on the University of Michigan campus on October 11-12, 2018. We anticipate 10-20 attendees from a wide range of disciplines for 1 ½ days of intensive sharing, discussion and planning.
  • Follow-up from the workshop will involve drafting the literature review and workshop insights into a working document, initially to be shared with workshop participants, with possible broader dissemination.
  • We will also develop an interdisciplinary network of researchers to further share ideas and pursue research opportunities.

Funded by Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

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