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David Evans, Daniel Welch & Joanne Swaffield

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 33: Supermarkets, ‘the Consumer’ and Responsibilities for Sustainable Food

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Supermarkets, ‘the Consumer’ and Responsibilities for Sustainable Food
Supermarkets, ‘the Consumer’ and Responsibilities for Sustainable Food
David EvansDaniel WelchJoanne Swaffield
Introduction

Supermarkets – best understood as large grocery stores, usually part of a chain, that sell a wide variety of foodstuffs and other items to shoppers who ‘self-serve’ and pay at the ‘check out’ (see Burch & Lawrence, 2007) – are among the most powerful actors in national and global food systems. In Western Europe, North America and increasingly elsewhere, supermarkets have established themselves as the dominant mode through which people access food. This seemingly obvious statement is instructive for thinking about the requirement for food consumption to become more sustainable. Against a backdrop in which the centrality of ‘changing consumption’ to processes of systemic change, or ...

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