Modifications in diet and water care in the center of the Mexican Republic during the COVID-19 pandemic

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https://doi.org/10.21640/ns.v15i31.3195

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food, water use, Mexico, coronavirus, pandemic, diet, inequality, consumption, ecosystem

Abstract

The unbalanced diet affects the environment through agriculture, as a high greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sector that uses 70% of the world's water reserves. In addition, there is an inequality in the distribution and use of this resource that increased during the coronavirus confinement. The objective of this research was to identify changes in diet and water care in central Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic. An increase in the consumption of vegetables (71.7%) and fruits (64.9%) was found. In water care at home, attention to leaks (58.4%) and regulation of shower time (54.5%) showed an increase. Likewise, groups characterized by actions aimed at an adequate and less polluting diet, better water care and the perception of benefits in the participation of environmental care were also identified. The weekly CO2 emission of the diet allowed us to identify characteristics of food consumption during pandemics and a participation towards improving the ecosystem. This provides the basis to propose strategies that start from the activities carried out by people or that promote a greater incidence of these activities.

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Axel Roberto Kala Saldaña, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Amecameca de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico

Alexis Benítez-Aguilar, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

Doctorate in Sustainability for Development. Amecameca de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico

Enrique Espinosa Ayala, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

UAEM Amecameca University Center. Amecameca de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico

Ofelia Márquez-Molina, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

UAEM Amecameca University Center. Amecameca de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico

Erasmo Velázquez Cigarroa, Autonomous University of Guerrero

CONACYT postdoctoral stay. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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2023-11-29

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Kala Saldaña, A. R., Benítez-Aguilar, A., Espinosa Ayala, E., Márquez-Molina, O., & Velázquez Cigarroa, E. (2023). Modifications in diet and water care in the center of the Mexican Republic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nova Scientia, 15(31), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.21640/ns.v15i31.3195

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