Consumption orientations may support (or hinder)transitions to more plant-based diets

João Graça*, Monica Truninger, Luís Junqueira, Luisa Schmidt

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There have been increasing calls for triggering and sustaining a large-scale transition toward healthier and more sustainable food systems. To help materialize this transition, the present work aims to inform efforts for developing, marketing and promoting plant-based meals and plant-forward lifestyles, following a consumption-focused approach. The findings (N participants = 1600, Portugal; 52.6% female, M age = 48.30)allowed to identify trends and differences on three sets of variables – (a)current eating habits (i.e., meat, fish, and plant-based meals), (b)consumer willingness to change (i.e., reduce meat consumption, follow a plant-based diet, maintain the status quo), and (c)enablers for eating plant-based meals more often (i.e., capability, opportunity, motivation)–, considering consumer orientations toward consumption in general, and food consumption in particular. Taken together, the results suggested that some consumption orientations were aligned with the transition to more plant-based diets (e.g., food orientation toward naturalness), others were open to – but not yet materialized in – the transition (e.g., general orientation toward consumption as exploration), and still others were in tension with the transition (e.g., food orientation toward pleasure). The discussion calls for developing and testing pathways to reduce meat consumption and increase plant-based eating which capture and build upon a range of consumption orientations, rather than against them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1-Sep-2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Consumption orientations
  • Health
  • Meat consumption
  • Plant-based diets
  • Sustainability

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