What does sustainable food consumption mean and how to promote it? Interview with Stefanos Fotiou, Head of the UNEP “Cities and Lifestyles” Unit

Consommer durable Alimentazione sostenibile definizione
What does sustainable lifestyle and sustainable consumption mean? What is the practical definition when speaking about food consumption (does it mean eat organic, local, seasonal, be a vegetarian?) and how to promote more sustainable consumption habits? During my visit to Paris in September, I met Stefanos Fotiou who is working at the United Nations Environment Programme and is an expert on these issues (1). He was great to talk to and gave lots of insight How to promote “sustainable lifestyles”? UNEP’s work on sustainable consumption issues is relatively new and it has increased in the last 10 years. The focus of the organization was originally more on production issues and how to reduce the environmental impacts of sectors: chemical, tourism etc. It is very difficult to work on the consumption side. Leveraging sustainable consumption patterns is most likely to work through policy, with 3 main types of action: Change the ...

Interview of Wakao Hanaoka of Greenpeace Japan

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“The combination of overfishing, distributing and consuming is the major seafood-related issue in Japan” Last august, my Japanese roommate and friend, Mari, who worked some years within Greenpeace Japon, and who followed our project of the blog, has left for Japan, on holiday. We took this opportunity to ask her to contact one of her ex colleague. No sooner said than done! Grazie Mari! The responsible of the ocean campaign draws us a very complete picture of the situation of fishing and seafood products consumption, underlining the difficulty to implement a more sustainable fishing and to make the Japanese people aware of the consequences of their consumption habits. The Fukushima catastrophe seems, however, somehow, to  change the situation. Another interesting information is that if, on one hand, the Expo 2015 is receiving a growing media attention in Italy (I saw last time in some touristic shops, this coffee cup with ...

Food consumption polytheism: the era of eclectic nutrition and paradoxes

Polythéisme alimentaire
Last 22 of January in Milan, I had the chance to attend a conference with Giuseppe de Rita, a famous Italian sociologist and president of the Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali (Censis) on the food consumption polytheism. This conference was organized within the framework of a course of lectures organized by the foundation of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra entitled “Banquet table: between food and knowledge”. Our relation to food, a determinant frame of reference for understanding society As he introduced the conference, Giuseppe De Rita insisted on the fact that our relation to food was essential to understand our society. Since the end of Second World War – period in which food was considered as precious, rare and not really diversified – and in particular from the fifties and sixties economic growth was at the origin of an important increase of food consumption, food becoming more abundant and accessible. ...