Special Issue "Understanding, Measuring and Avoiding Food Waste across the Food Chain"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Kirrilly Thompson
The Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University, Wayville, SA 5034, Australia
Website: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kirrilly_Thompson
Interests: human-animal relations, animal studies, risk perception, risk mitigation, risk management, equine anthrozoology, safety, culture, horses, behaviour change, natural disasters and emergencies, ethnography, mixed-methods research, spain, bullfighting
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Drew Dawson
Appleton Institute, CQUniversity Australia, 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville, South Australia 5034, Australia
Website: http://www.cqu.edu.au/research/research-organisations/institutes/appleton-institute/about-us/people
Phone: +61-8-8378-4512
Interests: applied psychology, health and well-being
Guest Editor
Dr. Anne Sharp
Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, Australia
Website: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/homepage.asp?Name=Rosemary.Sharp
Phone: +61-8-830-20637
Interests: sustainable marketing; marketing science; waste management; behavior change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The amount of food wasted by households in developed countries has reached worrying proportions, with indications that up to a quarter of food brought into the home is subsequently discarded uneaten. The impact of such waste on consumers’ and producers’ pockets is rivaled only by the impact on the environment through its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Increased avoidance of food waste and the recycling of “unavoidable” food discards represents one of the greatest landfill diversion opportunities and policy priority areas for governments. This is evidenced by initiatives such as the current global Food Loss and Waste Protocol effort to develop global standards for measuring food loss and waste along the food chain.

This special issue will feature the latest theoretical, empirical and methodological progress in food waste research, across the entire food chain. It will bring together work from international food waste researchers across a range of disciplines, as well as key papers from the Australian ENVIRO 2014 conference’s special session on food waste. We are interested in papers covering a range of approaches to food waste diversion, disposal and recycling that not only enhance our understanding of the problem, but also offer solutions based on theory and research. In addition to contributions from stakeholders in environmental accounting, food production, marketing and waste research, we invite papers from “unusual quarters” such as regarding food history, or media and diet analyses.

Papers selected for this special issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.

Following is a list of “reference papers” that are relevant for the SI topic:

  1. Evans, D. Beyond the throwaway society: Ordinary domestic practice and a sociological approach to household food waste. Sociology 2012, 46, 41–56.
  2. Garnett, T. Where are the best opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the food system (including the food chain)? Food Policy 2011, 36, 522–532.
  3. Parfitt, J.; Barthel, M.; Macnaughton, S. Food waste within food supply chains: Quantification and potential for change to 2050. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 2010, 365, 3065–3081.
  4. Quested, T.E.; Marsh, E.; Stunell, D.; Parry, A.D. Spaghetti soup: the complex world of food waste behaviours. Resour. Conserv. Recycl. 2013, 78, 43–51.
  5. Quested, T.; Robert, I.; Parry, A. Household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom 2012. Available online: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-and-drink-waste-uk-2012 (accessed on 28 April 2014).
  6. Schneider, F. Wasting Food—An Insistent Behaviour. In Proceedings of Waste—the Social Context, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 8–11 May 2011; pp. X1–X10.
  7. Van Garde, S.J.; Woodburn, M.J. Food discard practices of householders. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 1987, 87, 322–329.

Dr. Kirrilly Thompson
Prof. Dr. Drew Dawson
Dr. Anne Sharp
Guest Editors


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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 7997-8021; doi:10.3390/su7067997
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