Food poverty & waste

 

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We produce enough food in the world for everyone, and yet some people still go hungry.  

It's estimated that about a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, with 14% of food lost between harvest and retail (UN, 2019). 

The pandemic has brought further focus on key questions around food poverty and waste. Here, we bring together some research on the topic, with the aim of starting a dialogue with you and the wider research community. 

We'd love you to get in touch if you'd like to contribute to this discussion via an article, blog, case study or opinion piece.

This mission supports our Responsible management goal

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Food waste...
Causes, culprits & cures

How can the supply chain be optimised to improve food security and avoid food waste?

With about 14% of food lost between harvest and retail, seeking to improve the efficiency of supply chains is a key area of research. Here we have three articles illustrating the complexities of analysing and improving supply chains, plus a call for special issue proposals.

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Call for special issue proposals

International Journal of Supply Chain Management

Britta Gammelgaard, IJLM's Editor-in-chief, is delighted to invite proposals for special issues to be published in 2023. Deadline for proposal submissions is 10 May 2021. 

IJLM SIs

Is marketing a culprit and can it be part of the cure? 

With a huge variety of choice in supermarkets, is retailer marketing responsible for a lot of food waste, and can social marketing help mitigate this?

Here are some articles addressing this, plus a call for papers. 

If you're researching in this area and want to contribute, please get in touch!. 

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Should the hospitality & tourism industry re-evaluate its contribution to food waste?

As tourism becomes more diverse, so does the nature of its food waste.

A narrow focus on waste in traditional hospitality establishments may overlook growing tourist households. We've selected a couple of articles that investigate this.

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What role can profit focus, organisational behaviour & legislation play in addressing waste?

Food is a valuable resource that should not be considered as disposable. Food waste in landfill harms our environment and contributes to climate change. Unconsumed food is a wasted resource across production, processing and transport. It also raises the moral issue of people starving while others waste food.

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Moral judgments of food wasting predict food wasting behavior

British Food Journal

Examines whether people who consider food wasting behavior immoral display food wasting behaviors less frequently and whether they waste less food in general.

https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2019-0576
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Food poverty...
Definitions & local initiatives

Food poverty resources

Here we have curated articles discussing aspects of food poverty, including one on defining food poverty, and two from Emerald Open Research, our open access platform.  

You can also leave comments about these open articles on the platform.

   

Moving from a behavioural to a systemic understanding of food practices

Emerald Open Research

'The reality is that on Universal Credit I cannot provide the recommended amount of fresh fruit and vegetables per day for my children.'

https://emeraldopenresearch.com/articles/3-3

Shifting food policy from commodity to community thinking 

Emerald Open Research

Explores work around linking communities to food, and the vital potential of the research to inform new policy that encapsulates societal sustainability into food systems thinking.

https://emeraldopenresearch.com/articles/2-32

Case studies & podcasts

Here we have a case study about a local initiative tackling food poverty with ambitions to go global, plus a podcast with Professor Bob Doherty (Professor of Marketing, University of York, UK) and Madeleine Power (ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow, University of York, UK) discussing food insecurity in the UK.  

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How COVID-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system

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Related books
& book chapters

We’ve curated this collection of relevant books all with a sample chapter free to browse at our Bookstore, and have also included a relevant chapter from one of our book series.

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Emerald Open Research

Emerald Open Research is our open research platform. All articles published on Emerald Open Research are freely available to read, download and share.

 

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Articles in these gateways will always be free to browse, download and share.

If you're interested in publishing an original research article, a case study or data notes in one of these gateways, we'd love to hear from you.

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