Promoting dietary guidelines and environmental sustainability in China

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    Since 2015, the Chinese government has started actively promoting the Chinese Dietary Guidelines (CDGs), which target not only health but also sustainable food consumption and production. This paper first illustrates the deviations of Chinese people's diets from the CDGs; it then explores how reducing the deviations can influence environmental sustainability (i.e., greenhouse gas emission, energy use, and blue water footprint), and lastly, it investigates key driving factors behind the deviations. Our results demonstrate that the overall impact of reducing the deviations (i.e., reducing meat/egg consumption and increasing fruit/vegetable/dairy consumption) can improve both diet quality and environmental sustainability. The results also imply that reducing cereal and fruit prices may facilitate achievement of both the CDGs' targets and environmental sustainability by reducing meat consumption and increasing fruit consumption. If the recommendation of the CDGs is followed with additional environmental costs, it will be important to discuss how to minimize them.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChina Economic Review
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

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    China
    Deviation
    Dietary guidelines
    Environmental sustainability
    Fruit
    Diet
    Factors
    Government
    Meat consumption
    Egg
    Dairy
    Greenhouse gas emissions
    Energy use
    Food consumption
    Water footprint
    Food production
    Cereals
    Vegetables
    Health
    Meat

    Keywords

    • China
    • Dietary guidelines
    • Environment
    • Sustainable food consumption

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    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics

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    Promoting dietary guidelines and environmental sustainability in China. / Lei, Lei; Shimokawa, Satoru.

    In: China Economic Review, 2017.

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