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Examples of success: decline in veal consumption, people choosing to live simply


Drivers include human desire, marketing, and neoclassical economics

Outcomes include economic growth, distinct social classes, and intergenerational inequity

Potential solutions include a steady-state economy, shifts in subsidies, and myriad individual actions

Examples of consumption

Individual actions

Affecting change

Restructuring the economy

Shifting subsidies

Accelerating change: roles of media, corporations, and NGOs

Thinking globally, acting locally: connecting consumption to production and land-use change

What is produced in this region?

What drives changes in regional land use?

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