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Unformatted text preview: d by permission of CERES. There are a number of such groups in Europe, as well. For example, the
Northern Alliance for Sustainability consists of organizations in six European
nations. Their goal is “to make consumption and production . . . patterns in
the North more sustainable.”65 They provide information to consumers so
that through consumer pressure, producers will change environmentally unsound products. Their main “sustainable product campaign” focuses on food.
They argue that they cannot rely on government to assist with organic agriculture, for example, because of the close connection between government
and the agriculture industry. The Alliance argues that consumer awareness and
The appearance of more and more organic food in Western European
supermarkets is a direct result of increased consumer awareness of health
hazards of eating industrially produced food. In the UK, food scares concerning BSE (Mad Cow Disease), E. coli and salmonella in eggs have increased consumer pressure on retailers to stock organic produce. This has
forced retailers to respond by demanding that their suppliers switch to
organic agriculture or by importing organic produce from abroad.66
Voluntary simplicity groups and safe food groups in the United States,
such as the Organic Consumers Association, also believe that consumer and
pluralist democratic actions work to change corporations and government
standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, has currently revised its national organic food standards, making them more stringent, after
receiving an unprecedented number of comments from consumers on what
were considered to be lax standards. USDA’s revised guidelines (that are not
yet ﬁnal regulations) take into account the leading concerns of consumers.
Radical critiques of the conservative position focus on the assumptions of
conservatives’ version of SD. Radicals would argue that while one may be attracted to sustainable development for its vision of compromise, SD m...
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