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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1817; doi:10.3390/su9101817

The Second Life of Food: An Assessment of the Social Impact of Food Redistribution Activities in Emilia Romagna, Italy

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Department of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), 6708 PW Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 3 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 10 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Food Supply Chain and Food Industry)
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The increased relative poverty and migration crisis in Europe are determining a raise of food insecurity levels. Cities and regions are experiencing—and to some extent stimulating—a growth of food recovery initiatives. Food redistribution activities (FRAs) are acknowledged as a tool for addressing food insecurity and preventing food surplus wastage ensuring economic, environmental, and social benefits. This paper aimed to identify the characteristics of FRAs and their social impact in the context of the Emilia Romagna region (Italy). A literature review and two experts’ consultations were carried out to inventory and categorize relevant social impacts. A questionnaire was then drafted and submitted to a sample of FRAs operating in the region. Results provided a profile of the surveyed food redistribution activities in terms of type of food redistributed, service provided, and workforce. In addition, the qualitative investigation allowed the identification of hotspots in terms of social, economic, psychological, health, and political impacts as perceived by engaged stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; food redistribution; food policy; local food plans; FUSIONS; Italy food waste; food redistribution; food policy; local food plans; FUSIONS; Italy
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Vittuari, M.; De Menna, F.; Gaiani, S.; Falasconi, L.; Politano, A.; Dietershagen, J.; Segrè, A. The Second Life of Food: An Assessment of the Social Impact of Food Redistribution Activities in Emilia Romagna, Italy. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1817.

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