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Consumption

We have 8 items tagged with ‘Consumption’.
  • Plates of traditional Kabarole food

    Creating knowledge and supporting action: citizen-generated evidence from food diaries in Uganda

    Citizens in Western Uganda are using food diaries to generate data on food consumption – helping them understand their own diets and advocate for a better food system

    14 September 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Street food: the debate on food security must adapt to consider how consumption and urbanisation are transforming rural spaces and economies, food systems and food security (Photo: Cecilia Tacoli/IIED)

    If food security is the answer, is it time to change the question?

    The growing number of people living in cities – and changes in rural-urban linkages – are re-shaping our relationship with food. Policymakers need to take note

    23 February 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A shopping trolley for change?

    As a consumer you have the potential to promote development through your buying habits. But how effective are you?

    2 February 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Carbon and labels: an unhappy marriage?

    Agriculture is just one of the sectors in which carbon labelling — the labelling of a product to show how much carbon (and other greenhouse gases) have been emitted during its ‘lifecycle’ — is being used to show how individual products contribute to climate change. The logic behind applying carbon labels to agriculture seems sound enough: agriculture accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and produces much of the food we eat and the products we buy. Finding a way to tell consumers how much individual agricultural products contribute to this should encourage them to choose those products with the lowest carbon footprint and help make agriculture more sustainable. But the truth is that it is very difficult to provide accurate carbon labels for agricultural products. And carbon labelling can impact farmers in the developing world in ways that don’t support development.

    11 January 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

    The UN has declared 2011 as the international year of forests — although more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see it that way. Spiralling global demand for food, energy, fibre and water spell trouble for these people’s forests.Schemes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) may have been agreed at last month’s climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, but without locally controlled forestry this, in itself, will not stop the pressure on our forests. If you listen carefully you can still hear the forest clock ticking down…

    22 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • You are what you (m)eat

    Understanding the impacts of meat and dairy productionThe production of meat and dairy – particularly industrial and large-scale production systems - have numerous negative social and environmental impacts. Nevertheless these large-scale systems have been credited with producing 'affordable' animal protein for consumers. But a closer analysis of what affordable really means – and for whom – is vital.

    7 October 2010 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Politics, sustainable energy security and the South

    2 September 2010 | Blog | Energy
  • From Kenya with love

    Supermarkets festooned with hearts and crammed with chocolate: Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Will it be a romantic meal, roses — or both? Kenyan products have your romantic gestures covered, and more. 

    11 February 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
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