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Food waste matters - A systematic review of household food waste practices and their policy implications

Schanes, Karin and Dobernig, Karin and Gözet, Burcu (2018) Food waste matters - A systematic review of household food waste practices and their policy implications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 182. pp. 978-991. ISSN 0959-6526

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Austrian Climate Research Programme - ACRP 8th Call under the project "FoodClim" (Grant number KR15AC8K12600). We thank Stefan Giljum, Elfriede Penz and two independent reviewers for their help and guidance to this work.
Keywords: Food waste, Food practices, Food behaviour, Systematic literature review, Food policy, Sustainable consumption
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 14:35
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 17:04
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/85216/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6143

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