Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Waste and Consumer Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_99


Introduction: Food Losses and Food Waste (Definitions)

The ethical issues related to food losses and food waste are very complex and to a large degree dependent upon at which part in the food supply chain they are identified. In this entry for reasons of clarity and space, the emphasis is placed on food waste occurring at consumer level and mainly on the discussion of the ethical responsibilities that can be said to exist at this stage. This can be justified as the largest percentage of waste occurs at consumer level. It is, however, important to remember that this waste is to varying degrees dependent on other factors such as retail strategies, production limitations, etc.

The definition of food waste is a contentious subject and often developed on a situational basis; definitions of food waste vary in what food waste consists of, how it is produced, at which stage of the food supply chain it originates, and where or what...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Department Food and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Food ScienceUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly