(Un)Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia: Changing patterns, practices and policies among “new consumers” in India and the Philippines

The decades after the market liberalisation of the 1990s have seen a significant change in India’s middle class, especially in our cities. Younger people than ever before are now richer earlier in life than ever before. With higher incomes and changing demographics, patterns of food consumption and waste have also changed in urban India. How do these changes affect people’s lives? What kind of environmental impact do they have?
Megha Shenoy, an adjunct fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), works on answering these questions. She is currently working on a project in collaboration with Sichuan University, China, to examine changes in policies and practice related to waste management in Bangalore – specifically focussing on residential bulk generators. She was part of a team that studied food consumption patterns in Bangalore and Metro Manila for a research project titled ‘(Un) Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia: Changing patterns, practices and policies among “new consumers” in India and the Philippines’. On Thursday, 21st July 2016, at 5:30 pm at Kanada Auditorium, Dr. Shenoy will screen six short films based on findings from the research project, followed by a discussion. A short abstract from the speaker follows.


A series of six short films based on findings from the research project ‘(Un) Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia: Changing patterns, practices and policies among “new consumers” in India and the Philippines’.

These films highlight findings from surveys on middle-class populations in Bangalore and Metro Manila. From Bangalore the three short films show – (i) how food stock is managed at home, (ii) the growing trend of eating out, and (iii) food waste management efforts in the city. In Metro Manila they highlight (i) growth of organic food consumption, (ii) defining Filipino cuisine and (iii) the growing trend in eating out.

These films made by Helena Ziherl and Reto Steffen from the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) are available on http://foodconsumption.snis.ch/ Research on which these films are based on, was coordinated by Suren Erkman (Coordinator), Marlyne Sahakian (Co-coordinator) and Shalini Randeria (Co-coordinator). This project was conducted by a large team (arranged alphabetically based on first names): Abby Favis, Christine Camata, Christine Lutringer, Czarina Saloma, Gopal Karanth, Laura Burger Chakraborty, Loïc Leray, Lorraine Mangaser, Malavika Belavangala, Megha Shenoy, Sunayana Ganguly, Tiphaine Leuzinger, Uma Rani.

 

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