European Approach for Reducing Consumer Food Waste; Putting Insights in Practice

A.J.M. Timmermans*, Stephanie Wunder, H.W.I. van Herpen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

1. Enacting policy to drive food waste reduction
With an estimated contribution of 53%, the consumer is the primary
contributor to food waste across the food chain in higher income countries (Stenmarck et al. 2016). Considering that a large amount of this waste
could be avoided, the urgent need to change consumer behaviour is evident. Reducing consumer food waste and policy interventions to support
this effort is therefore a key area of the EU project REFRESH, within
which this report was developed. Reducing food loss and waste can help
meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, contribute
to the Paris Agreement on climate change, and sustainably feed the planet
by 2050. A Global Action Agenda was composed by a group of global experts in 2019 to help reduce food loss and waste and achieve SDG 12.3. This
action agenda included 10 “scaling interventions” designed to take the approach and to-do list to scale (Flanagan, 2019). A follow-up report explores
these 10 “scaling interventions”, one being to shift social norms (Hanson,
2019). Leveraging the latest findings of behavioral science, the report engages grassroots campaigns, social media, religious communities, and others to
make “wasting food” as unacceptable as littering now is in many countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReduction of Food Loss and Waste
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a Conference held atCasina Pio IV, Vatican City, November 11-12, 2019
EditorsJ. von Braun, M. Sánchez Sorondo, R. Steiner
Place of PublicationVatican City
Pages62-70
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventReduction of Food Loss and Waste | A Cooperation between the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and The Rockefeller Foundation - Casina Pio IV, V, Vatican City, Italy
Duration: 11 Nov 201912 Nov 2019
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Publication series

NamePontificiae Academiae Scientiarum Scripta Varia
Volume147

Conference

ConferenceReduction of Food Loss and Waste | A Cooperation between the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and The Rockefeller Foundation
CountryItaly
CityVatican City
Period11/11/1912/11/19
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