Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type



Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dale Miller

Second Advisor

Leslie Irvine

Third Advisor

Nancy Billica


This thesis serves to fill a gap in current environmental literature that will compare the relative impact of the Standard American Diet to three mainstream proposed alternatives: Vegan, Organic, and Local diets. Food consumption has the biggest impact of any activity Americans do on a daily basis, and the way Americans eat now requires large inputs of fossil fuels, land, and water, while impacting the health and rights of people, animals, and the environment. This thesis will provide a clear, diets Americans choose, and will contain recommendations for further research and will isolate the most important ways consumers can change their behavior to support an adequately sustainable food system.