Global Survey says we're Eating more Local and Organic foods. A reason for hope!
Regarding the latest Greendex survey 2014 by the National Geographic Society and the research consulting firm GlobeScan, more people are eating local and organic foods and plan to consume less meat and bottled water. People are more interested in being 'green', but do they really know how their personal choices are adding up?
The latest Greendex survey by the National Geographic Society and the research consulting firm GlobeScan measured consumption habits and attitudes of 18 countries. Each was scored on the relative size of its environmental footprint.
This year's annual report, focused on food. It found noticeable improvements in eating habits even as environmentally sustainable behaviour when it came to housing, transportation, and consumer goods appeared stuck or had worsened.
Consumers in 11 countries, including South Korea, Hungary, Australia, and Canada, had higher food scores compared with their scores in the preceding survey, in 2012.
However, most also believe they lack enough information and influence to become more environmentally sustainable consumers, a new National Geographic survey has found.
Despite the industrial world's relative resistance to change, the Greendex offers reason for hope. Consumers in five countries with a total of 1.8 billion people—Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, and India—all have a keen appetite and a great potential for change. Many consumers in these countries, when given information about how their habits affect the environment, indicated that they were open to altering their behaviour in ways that would contribute to a more sustainable planet.