Urban Food Consumption in Metro Manila: Interdisciplinary Approaches Towards Apprehending Practices, Patterns, and Impacts

12 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2016

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Laura Burger Chakraborty

Independent

Marlyne Sahakian

University of Lausanne - Faculty of Geosciences and Environment

Uma Rani

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Megha Shenoy

Independent

Suren Erkman

University of Lausanne

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

Food consumption is a local activity related to environmental impacts at different scales. Yet, the link between eating food as a social and cultural practice and the global implications of food consumption has not been sufficiently explored. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to relate social practices with the biophysical flows of food products at the household level. Focusing on middle‚Äźclass households in Metro Manila, the Philippines, we conduct qualitative interviews to highlight preferences, habits, and perceptions about food consumption. In parallel, we collect quantitative information on food purchased. We relate our results to national trends by analyzing the recent evolution of national food expenditures. Finally, we review environmental impacts related to main food categories. Our research points to the significance of socioeconomic factors on food consumption, notably the presence of domestic help or the professional situation of household members. One main finding is the identification of eating out as an important and growing trend in Asian cities, which causes a shift of resource consumption and related environmental impacts from the household to the service sector.

Keywords: consumption, environmental impacts, food, food waste, industrial ecology, Manila

Suggested Citation

Burger Chakraborty, Laura and Sahakian, Marlyne and Rani, Uma and Shenoy, Megha and Erkman, Suren, Urban Food Consumption in Metro Manila: Interdisciplinary Approaches Towards Apprehending Practices, Patterns, and Impacts (June 2016). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 559-570, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800398 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12402

Marlyne Sahakian

University of Lausanne - Faculty of Geosciences and Environment ( email )

Lausanne, 1015
Switzerland

Uma Rani

International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

Route des Morillons 4
Geneva
Switzerland

Megha Shenoy

Independent

Suren Erkman

University of Lausanne

Quartier Chambronne
Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

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