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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"

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 (http://www.foodclim.eu/) 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.

Abstract

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.

Link to the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618303366



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