As often in my research, the answer is sometimes, maybe. In particular, health is likely to be more important as a barrier. Health can, however, still be a key motivator for many people. In particular, in my research and elsewhere, health motives have been found to be popular for meat eaters and those who have … Continue reading Is health an effective vegan motivator?
This is part 3 in my series asking What is the most sustainable diet? If you're interested, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. To sum up the first two parts in this series: Talking about sustainability is COMPLICATED. There are a lot of different definitions of what is included in sustainability. Sustainability measurements often use … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 3
This is the second part in my series exploring the question: What is the most sustainable diet. Check out part 1. As I have discussed previously, sustainability is a complicated and highly contested topic. While there a wide variety of areas that can be included under sustainability, it is often primarily understood in terms of climate change and … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 2
If you are at all interested in (a) your health or (b) not dying any time soon, this video is a must. Dr. Michael Greger, of Nutritionfacts.org, has done an incredible talk on the top causes of death and how diet can prevent and even cure almost all of these. Using a wide array of … Continue reading Dr Michael Greger: On Death and Plants
I've decided I need to stop snacking so much. There are times when I surprise myself with my seeming lack of willpower. I'm feeling bored at work and suddenly I find myself opening the cupboards to find a cheeky snack. No matter how much I intellectualize my snacking struggle, the fact remains: it's a bad habit. And breaking … Continue reading Going cold turkey: breaking the habit
The greater the threat, the greater the gap in knowledge, the more urgent and more impossible is the decision. Just where ARE the animals we are eating? Sure, I see a handful of sheep or cows while riding the train through the British countryside, but these represent a minuscule proportion of the 100 billion animals … Continue reading Eating Animals: A Risky Business
The idea of ‘nudging’ is a fairly new concept, but one that may have particular use in understanding and effecting dietary choices and habits. To be a ‘nudge’, a regulation or action cannot eliminate any options and it must remain (easy and/or effortless, depending on your personal definition of the concept) to make the choice … Continue reading Why we buy food that’s bad for us