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Understanding Strategies to Influence Environmentally Effective Dietary Shifts: Development of a Research Agenda


Diet composition is a major determinant of the greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts associated with agriculture and food systems, and proper shifts in the diets of Americans present substantial opportunity for climate action planning while simultaneously improving nutritional health. Yet, very little understanding exists as to what might motivate individuals to change dietary behaviors and what might make for effective strategies to influence widespread, environmentally motivated dietary shifts. This project will establish a research agenda – through a literature review, workshop of thought leaders, and summary report – aimed at better understanding educational and/or motivational strategies to influence environmentally effective dietary shifts. The expected outcome of the project is to build the intellectual foundation, collegial relationships and momentum necessary to catalyze a large research grant. This will, in turn, provide evidence-based guidance for integrating diet shift strategies into climate action planning.


Graham Catalyst Grants

Catalyst Grants are offered in the fall and winter to support a range of short-term, small-scale collaborative activities. These grants are intended to help better define an issue or decision maker needs, gather resources and develop partnerships, and determine next steps. Activities may include, but are not limited to, convening workshops or a conference, preparing white papers, and project planning for larger collaborative projects that would be eligible for Transformation Grants or other funding opportunities.

University of Michigan - Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute
Research Areas
Food & Agriculture
Food Systems and Consumer Products