Energy is a basic need, and many Americans are struggling to afford it in the COVID-19 recession

Many Americans had trouble paying their energy bills before COVID-19, and the current recession is making the problem worse.

David Konisky, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: energy heating covid-19 electricity air-conditioning consumers electric-utilities rising-energy-costs cares-act coronavirus-recession

FDA and consumers might go for ‘cell-based seafood’ label

New research identifies a possible terms for food made from the cells of fish or shellfish, rather than whole animals: cell-based seafood.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability food fish marketing meat consumers society-and-culture earth-and-environment

When companies get political, 4 factors affect profit

The impact of corporate sociopolitical activism on a company's bottom line depends on how the activism aligns with key groups, research finds.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: business politics marketing money consumers featured society-and-culture

People don’t care why their beer tastes bitter

"...we found no consistent effect on liking or preference. The source of bitterness did not influence which beers they liked."

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food taste beer consumers society-and-culture

Most people don’t clean right, so use these tips

An expert in disinfectants warns that you should know what's in the cleaning products you buy and make sure you're using them the right way.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 drug-resistance consumers health-and-medicine

Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.

Candace Famiglietti, Doctoral Student, Global Governance and Human Security and Research Associate, Center for Governance and Sustainability at John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
June 19, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  covid-19  marketing  europe  united-states  animal-welfare  wildlife-trade  wildlife-trafficking  asia  consumers  luxury-goods  fashion-industry

Our standards go down as decisions drag on

Whether hunting for the best bargain, buying a new car, or even picking your partner, our standards drop as we make decisions where choices come one by one.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: money consumers society-and-culture decisions

What electric car drivers want in charging stations

New research uses machine learning to gauge people's views on the available charging stations for electric vehicles.

Michael Pearson-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability infrastructure electric-vehicles consumers earth-and-environment vehicles

82% of avocado oil isn’t what the label says

In some cases, avocado oil labeled as "pure" or "extra virgin" contained nearly 100% soybean oil, reserchers found. They also have tips to avoid bad oil.

Diane Nelson-UC Davis • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: food fruit consumers featured science-and-technology dietary-fat vegetable-oils

In-person ‘retail therapy’ may be gone for good

"I'm seeing little likelihood of consumers embracing shopping in a physical environment to the extent that they did pre-pandemic."

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 marketing economy money consumers featured society-and-culture

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