Hospitality futures: Towards a sustainable, healthier and ethical way of catering

Guachalla, Adrian (2022) Hospitality futures: Towards a sustainable, healthier and ethical way of catering. Hospitality and Society. ISSN 2042-7913

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This viewpoint piece aims to draw attention to the opportunities that the development and active promotion of an attractive and nutritionally sound plant-based offer present to the hospitality industry on environmental, health and ethical bases that impact societal wellbeing. The case for advancing the promotion and normalisation of plant-based eating at catering facilities is argued using the threefold dimensions associated with food production. Firstly, the environmental impacts of different food types are discussed. This is followed by an evaluation of health-related debates linked to culinary consumption along with a selection of ethical issues involved in food production systems. This review highlights that the environmental sustainability challenges posed by the animal-agricultural sector call for innovative and effective mitigating measures that can be linked to the development and promotion of plant based food consumption which the hospitality sector can actively promote. From the health perspective, plant-based diets can report health benefits in the prevention and treatment of health conditions, but this requires planning by catering providers for nutritionally adequate and wholesome eating. From the ethical dimension, removing animals from the food chain would not only achieve lesser environmental pressures and social issues associated with the consumption of animal-derived produce. This would also reduce the suffering that sentient beings endure across different stages in food production which in turn can improve the hospitality industry’s corporate image and ethical stance whilst progressing positive social messages on sustainability, ethics and health.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sustainability, Health, Ethics, Plant-based, Catering, Hospitality Operations
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 10:31
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 03:00

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