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Food Waste and Nutrition Quality in the Context of Public Health: A Scoping Review

by 1 and 1,2,*
1
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
2
Institute of Food & Health, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Academic Editors: Aleksandra S. Kristo and Angelos K. Sikalidis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5379; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105379
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 30 April 2021 / Accepted: 5 May 2021 / Published: 18 May 2021
Food waste and nutrition are intrinsically linked in terms of environmental health and public health. Despite this, it is unknown whether these topics have been previously synthesized into a review. The aim was to identify the interdisciplinary parameters that exist in public health and nutrition literature in terms of food waste and plastic waste associated with food, and to identify how these parameters currently contribute to food sustainability messaging and interventions. A rapid scoping review was conducted. Data were mapped into concepts and synthesized in a narrative review. Four main concepts were identified: (1) food waste and diet quality, nutrient losses, and environmental health, (2) food waste reduction interventions and diet quality, (3) food banks/pantries and diet/nutritional quality, and (4) food and plastic waste messaging in nutrition or dietary guidelines. Food waste is associated with nutrient wastage, and interventions to reduce food waste can successfully address food sustainability and nutrition quality. Food redistribution systems do not currently address access to sustainably sourced foods that are also nutrient-dense for lower-income communities. Opportunities for future research and practice include aligning food waste, plastic waste, and nutrition priorities together and developing better food redistribution systems to limit wastage of high-quality foods. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; food surplus; nutrition; food security; public health nutrition; healthy eating; sustainability; environmental health food waste; food surplus; nutrition; food security; public health nutrition; healthy eating; sustainability; environmental health
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Brennan, A.; Browne, S. Food Waste and Nutrition Quality in the Context of Public Health: A Scoping Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5379. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105379

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Brennan A, Browne S. Food Waste and Nutrition Quality in the Context of Public Health: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5379. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105379

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Brennan, Aoife, and Sarah Browne. 2021. "Food Waste and Nutrition Quality in the Context of Public Health: A Scoping Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5379. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105379

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