Date of Graduation

5-2016

Level of Access

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Second Department or Program

Psychology

Number of Pages

65

First Advisor

Tom Tracy

Abstract

Research in the field of environmental studies suggests that pro­environmental belief is rooted in a desire to minimize the negative impact of humans on the physical environment. Furthermore, recent research indicates that industrial animal agriculture leads to enormous environmental harm. Through careful analysis of a range of environmental ethical theories and through a series of qualitative interviews with undergraduate students, this study explores how environmental beliefs influence behavior as well as the psychological mechanisms at work when individual with pro­environmental attitudes consider their food choices.

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