Does the environmental gain of switching to the healthy New Nordic Diet outweigh the increased consumer cost?
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The New Nordic Diet (NND) was designed by gastronomic, nutritional and environmental specialists to be a palatable, healthy and sustainable diet containing 30-40% less meat than the Average Danish Diet (ADD), ≥75% organics, and more locally grown wholegrain products, nuts, fruit and vegetables. In this study, the NND was based on economic modelling to represent a “realistic NND bought by Danish consumers”. The objective was to investigate whether the ADD-to-NND diet-shift has environmental consequences that outweigh the increased consumer cost of the diet-shift. The diet-shift reduced the three most important environmental impacts by 16-22%, mainly caused by reduced meat content. The surcharge to consumers of the ADD-to-NND diet-shift was €216/capita/year. In monetary terms, the savings related to the environmental impact of the diet-shift were €151/capita/year. 70% of the increased consumer cost of the ADD-to-NND diet-shift was countered by the reduced socioeconomic advantage associated with the reduced environmental impact of the NND.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector
|Rita Schenck, Douglas Huizenga
|Number of pages
|American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
|Published - 2014
|9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 8 Oct 2014 → 10 Oct 2014
Conference number: 9
|9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector
|08/10/2014 → 10/10/2014