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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Dietetics and Human Nutrition

First Advisor

Dr. Dawn Brewer


The population is rapidly increasing all over the world. As foods are produced for us to consume, the food system generates negative environmental impacts at each step. The extent of damage generated by food production depends on the amount of land, water, and energy depleted. These environmental impacts can result in reduced quantities of food produced, damages to the land and water used to grow/produce food, pollution of food, and food waste. All of which impact the amount of product produced. Thereby, shifting food-related behaviors of consumers toward sustainable eating may be a way to promote the health of people and the environment. A sustainable diet is defined as a diet with low environmental impacts, is accessible, culturally appropriate, and nutritionally adequate. These diets may curb negative environmental impacts that are seen in our current food system. Increasing understanding of sustainable eating may improve acceptance among individuals. Once knowledge and acceptance are acquired, food choices are dependent on the consumer’s willingness to make behavior changes. Development of a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension curriculum is a mechanism to bring information about sustainable eating to Kentuckians. Currently, an Extension curriculum is not available to educate adults about this topic.

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Funding Information

This study supported by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, Nutrition and Superfund Chemical Toxicity program (no. 5 P42 ES007380-16) from 2020 through 2024.

Further support from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program's Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud Sustainability Project (no. PON2 035 1900003062) from 2018-2021

Available for download on Friday, May 10, 2024