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New article by Karin Schanes, Karin Dobernig and Burcu Gözet "Food waste matters - A systematic review of household food waste practices and their policy implications"

New article by Karin Schanes, Karin Dobernig and Burcu Gözet "Food waste mat­ters - A sys­tem­atic re­view of house­hold food waste prac­tices and their policy im­plic­a­tions" pub­lished in the Journal of Cleaner Pro­duc­tion.

Karin Schanes and Burcu Gözet are both Re­search As­so­ci­ates and Karin Dobernig is a Post-­Doc re­searcher at the In­sti­tute for Eco­lo­gical Eco­nom­ics. The au­thors cur­rently work on the pro­ject Food­Clim (­ fun­ded by ACRP that deals with reas­ons why food waste oc­curs in house­holds and ex­plores the role and po­ten­tial of solu­tion-ori­ented ap­proaches in re­du­cing food waste.

The article has now been pub­lished in the Journal of Cleaner Pro­duc­tion.


In re­cent years, food waste has re­ceived grow­ing in­terest from local, na­tional and European poli­cy­makers, in­ter­na­tional or­gan­isa­tions, NGOs as well as aca­dem­ics from vari­ous dis­cip­lin­ary fields. In­creas­ing con­cerns about food se­cur­ity and en­vir­on­mental im­pacts, such as re­source de­ple­tion and green­house gas emis­sions at­trib­uted to food waste, have in­tens­i­fied at­ten­tion to the topic. While food waste oc­curs in all stages of the food sup­ply chain, private house­holds have been iden­ti­fied as key act­ors in food waste gen­er­a­tion. However, the evid­ence on why food waste oc­curs re­mains scattered. This pa­per maps the still small but ex­pand­ing aca­demic ter­rit­ory of con­sumer food waste by sys­tem­at­ic­ally re­view­ing em­pir­ical stud­ies on food waste prac­tices as well as dis­tilling factors that foster and im­pede the gen­er­a­tion of food waste on the house­hold level. Moreover, we briefly dis­cuss the con­tri­bu­tions of dif­fer­ent so­cial on­to­lo­gies, more par­tic­u­larly psy­cho­logy-re­lated ap­proaches and so­cial prac­tice the­ory. The ana­lysis re­veals food waste as a com­plex and mul­ti-­fa­ceted is­sue that can­not be at­trib­uted to single vari­ables; this also calls for a stronger in­teg­ra­tion of dif­fer­ent dis­cip­lin­ary per­spect­ives. Map­ping the de­termin­ants of waste gen­er­a­tion deep­ens the un­der­stand­ing of house­hold prac­tices and helps design food waste pre­ven­tion strategies. Fi­nally, we link the iden­ti­fied factors with a set of policy, busi­ness, and re­tailer op­tions.

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