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Missed InformationBetter Information for Building a Wealthier, More Sustainable Future$
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David Sarokin and Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034920

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034920.001.0001

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Something Is Missing

Something Is Missing

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Missed Information
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David Sarokin

Jay Schulkin

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034920.003.0006

Consumers have access to substantial information on the products they buy, but much information is missing. “Sustainability information” – about traits like greenhouse gases, child labor, toxic chemicals – is not part of the flow of information. In its absence, the market cannot reflect consumer values about sustainability. New sources of information could integrate our collective values into day-to-day consumer transactions, and make ordinary shopping a path to a more sustainable future.

Keywords:   Sustainability, Product ratings, Walmart, BGH (bovine growth hormone), Greenhouse gases, Child labor, Toxic chemicals

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