Future Worlds: How labels impact the way we eat

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When hearing the words “global climate crisis,” often the first things that come to mind are legislation and high-level or complex solutions. For many, food is a passing consideration, but what we choose to eat every day can have a huge impact. 

Globally, food systems are responsible for more than ⅓ of greenhouse gas emissions. This is largely due to meat production. To reach the Paris Agreement goal of 40% reduction in emissions, the research shows that we must reduce meat consumption. Experiments by Alex Berke, a PHD student in the City Science group at the MIT Media Lab, found that changing food labeling may be key in this endeavor.

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The negative impact of vegetarian and vegan labels: Results from randomized controlled experiments with US consumers

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