Household Food Waste Behavior: Avenues for Future Research

  title={Household Food Waste Behavior: Avenues for Future Research},
  author={Gustavo Porpino},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Consumer Research},
  pages={41 - 51}
  • Gustavo Porpino
  • Published 1 January 2016
  • Business
  • Journal of the Association for Consumer Research
Drawing from previous studies, this review proposes a research agenda in regard to household food waste, a neglected topic within the field of consumer behavior. This phenomenon has remarkable social and environmental relevance when one considers that it occurs at the end of the food chain, and thus, wastage at this stage implies losses of resources required for food production. This study aims to provide a framework and solutions for conducting future research in this area. Academic… 
Developing and Testing a Novel Intervention to Reduce Household Food Waste
The amount of food wasted is a topic of societal and academic interest. As academic research in this area is nascent, there are significant knowledge gaps, which this dissertation seeks to narrow,
Household food waste reduction: Italian consumers’ analysis for improving food management
Purpose Every year 1.3bn tonnes of food are lost or wasted in production, manufacture, distribution and at household level. Consumers are the biggest contributors to the total volume of food waste
The Squander Sequence: Understanding Food Waste at Each Stage of the Consumer Decision-Making Process
Food waste presents a complex global problem that involves multiple actors and institutions within the aggregate food marketing system. Food waste occurs across food production and distribution, as
Food Waste Solutions in a Developing Country
The importance of integrating sustainability in businesses practices has gained increasing attention in the food sector. Important sustainable initiatives in this sector refer to food waste
Environmental Concerns and Food Consumption: What Drives Consumers’ Actions to Reduce Food Waste?
  • H. Chen
  • Business
    Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing
  • 2019
Abstract Consumer behavior and food consumption comprise the largest amount of waste in the food chain. This study aimed to identify the relationships among consumer environmental concerns, their
Consumer Behaviour and Food Waste: Understanding and Mitigating Waste with a Technology Probe
Globally, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This equals a total of 1.3. billion tonnes per year, which is a large, unnecessary burden for the environment and


Household food waste: the implications of consumer choice in food from purchase to disposal
Food and food-related waste is a high priority in terms of waste minimisation in New Zealand. Over the summer of 2012–2013, a survey of 147 participants was conducted on a range of views and
Identifying factors that promote consumer behaviours causing expired domestic food waste
Many commentators argue that domestic food waste is strongly influenced by consumer behaviours. This article reports on a study using mixed-methods to identify key factors responsible for promoting
Negotiating food waste: Using a practice lens to inform design
The importance of respecting the complex negotiations that people make within given structural conditions and competing values and practices is highlighted, and design strategies to support dispersed as well as integrated food practices are suggested, rather than focusing on waste itself.
Food Waste Paradox: Antecedents of Food Disposal in Low-Income Households
This article aims to identify antecedents of food waste among lower-middle class families – a paradox, given the financial constraints this population faces. The importance of this research is
Attitudes and behaviour of Greek households regarding food waste prevention
  • K. Abeliotis, K. Lasaridi, C. Chroni
  • Business
    Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA
  • 2014
Positive findings are strongly influenced by the severe recession experienced in Greece, which makes consumers more conscious of their spending and establish food waste prevention behaviour at the household level on an environmental and social awareness basis that may outlast the economic crisis.
Blaming the consumer – once again: the social and material contexts of everyday food waste practices in some English households
In public debates about the volume of food that is currently wasted by UK households, there exists a tendency to blame the consumer or individualise responsibilities for affecting change. Drawing on