Drivers of food waste and their implications for sustainable policy development (English)

Resources, Conservation and Recycling
; 2016
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There has been growing interest in establishing food waste prevention and recovery programs throughout the world. The drive to target food waste stems from increasing concerns about resource conservation, food security, food waste's environmental and economic costs, and a general trend in the waste management industry to transition to more sustainable practices. Here the drivers of residential, institutional, and commercial food waste generation in developed countries, particularly in the U.S., are explored. The impacts of food system modernization on food waste generation are examined, including impacts related to food system industrialization, urbanization, globalization, and economic growth. Socio-demographic, cultural, political, and economic drivers of food waste are described with emphasis on how food waste perspectives may vary globally. Specific behaviors and attitudes which result from many of these waste drivers are then discussed. The examination of the range of food wastage drivers are used to provide insight into the best policy approaches to sustainably manage food waste. Food waste prevention policies are placed in context of the waste generating behaviors and attitudes that they address. A review of important background information on food waste is also provided, including definitions of key terms, food waste history, quantities of food waste generated, and the importance of food waste prevention for sustainability, as this information is all critical for effective policy development.

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Determinants of behavior toward selective collection of batteries in Spain. A bivariate probit model
Arbués, Fernando / Villanúa, Inmaculada | 2015
9
Developing a quantitative construction waste estimation model for building construction projects
Li, Yashuai / Zhang, Xueqing / Ding, Guoyu / Feng, Zhouquan | 2015
21
Recycling disaster waste: Feasibility, method and effectiveness
Brown, Charlotte / Milke, Mark | 2015
33
Transcontinental assessment of secure rainwater harvesting systems across Australia
Peterson, Eric Laurentius | 2015
48
E-waste recycling processes in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam: A case study of cathode ray tube TVs and monitors
Yoshida, Aya / Terazono, Atsushi / Ballesteros, Florencio C. Jr. / Nguyen, Duc-Quang / Sukandar, Sunandar / Kojima, Michikazu / Sakata, Shozo | 2015
59
Environmental assessment of three different utilization paths of waste cooking oil from households
Ortner, Maria E. / Müller, Wolfgang / Schneider, Irene / Bockreis, Anke | 2015
68
The relationship between municipal waste diversion incentivization and recycling system performance
Lakhan, Calvin | 2015
78
Towards a theory of sustainable consumption and production: Constructs and measurement
Dubey, Rameshwar / Gunasekaran, Angappa / Childe, Stephen J. / Papadopoulos, Thanos / Wamba, Samuel Fosso / Song, Malin | 2015
90
Using individual householder survey responses to predict household environmental outcomes: The cases of recycling and water conservation
Fielding, Kelly S. / van Kasteren, Yasmin / Louis, Winnifred / McKenna, Bernard / Russell, Sally / Spinks, Anneliese | 2015
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Crunch the can or throw the bottle? Effect of “bottle deposit laws” and municipal recycling programs
Campbell, Benjamin / Khachatryan, Hayk / Behe, Bridget / Hall, Charles / Dennis, Jennifer | 2015
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Drivers of food waste and their implications for sustainable policy development
Thyberg, Krista L. / Tonjes, David J. | 2015
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| 2015

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