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Nature, Environment, and Sustainability

Nature, environment, sustainability, and health are interrelated constructs and material manifestations. Further, each of these is connected to the field of communication studies in complex ways. The terms nature, environment, and sustainability are explained and then mapped in the context of environmental communication and, more broadly, health communication.

Baskets of brinjal, or eggplant (left) are displayed in Bangalore, India, to protest the Introduction of genetically modified (GM) brinjal, February 6, 2010. A farmer works her field (right) near Bejling village, Himachal Pradesh, India, November 7, 2011. India is one example of the increasing global trend of tweaking nature, ostensibly to create a more sustainable environment. However, environmental activists point out that GM foods are potentially harming health and that oppressive corporate seed patents are also ...

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