Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable Diets for Sustainable Development, Importance of

  • Kathleen KevanyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_390


Sustainable diets are comprehensive approaches to designing systems to support food choices that optimize human and environmental health. In a single term, sustainable diets are complex. Sustainable diets necessarily include elements like quality, health, environment, values, economy, and governance and politics. Fashioning diets that are sustainable may not be new but a return to approaches used prior to the emergence of chemically enhanced, industrialized, large-scale, specialized agriculture. To achieve sustainable diets would require government policies along with market-driven practices to increase citizen-consumer access to plant-based, whole foods, along with information about food contents, nutrition, how the food was produced and delivered, and how to make delectable dishes for satisfying human consumption.


The examination of sustainable diets, and conversely unsustainable pathways, raises profound questions like “Yet what could be more important than...


Sustainability Food systems Climate change mitigation Preventative health Well-being 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Rural Research, Department of Business and Social SciencesDalhousie UniversityTruroCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Pinar Gökçin Özuyar
    • 1
  1. 1.Ozyegin UniversityOzyeginTurkey