Corruption in the consumer sector
Illegal use of products
Illegal activities of consumer organizations
Abuse of consumer rights
Poor consumption practices
Statistics from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, reported to Rio+5 conference in 1997, are that less than a quarter of the world's population consumes three-quarters of its raw materials and produces 75 percent of all solid waste. A child born in the United States will have 30 times more impact on the Earth's environment during his or her lifetime than a child born in India.
Many of the environmentally harmful effects of agricultural production on the environment appear to be local and of immediate concern only to the local population and particular producers. However, consumers of the products also have stake in preventing harmful effects and in encouraging environmentally preferable development. Satisfying the needs of future generations of consumer is inextricably linked to the preservation of productive capacities in the producing areas. Present customers owe it to future customers to help preserve these capabilities.