Irz, Xavier, Leroy, Pascal, Réquillart, Vincent and Soler, Louis-Georges (2018) Fish in Climate-Friendly and Healthy Diets. Marine Resource Economics, vol. 33 (n° 4). pp. 309-330.

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While the adverse climate and health impacts of the Western diet have been demonstrated, the place of fish/seafood in climate-friendly and healthy diets is unclear. We tackle that question with a model simulating how a rational consumer urged to consume more fish would modify his diet. Those adjustments are translated into health outcomes by an epidemiological model and climate outcomes using life-cycle analysis coefficients. The application to France and Finland compares the impacts of promoting fish consumption to those of urging consumers to decrease their consumption of meat. For the same relative change, raising fish consumption generates more health benefits than decreasing meat consumption, and produces climate benefits as well. Promoting fish consumption is also highly cost-effective and should be prioritized over measures targeting meat consumption. Rather than stigmatizing meat consumers, climate-friendly and healthy diet recommendations may more effectively send a positive message urging citizens to consume more fish.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2018
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diet, greenhouse gas emissions, consumption, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, food choices, healthy eating, demand system
JEL Classification: D12 - Consumer Economics - Empirical Analysis
I12 - Health Production - Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
Q22 - Fishery; Aquaculture
Q54 - Climate; Natural Disasters
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 05:57
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:58
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