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A Sum of Incidentals or a Structural Problem? The True Nature of Food Waste in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona

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Center for Agro-Food Economy and Development (CREDA-UPC-IRTA), C/Esteve Terrades 8, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain
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Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
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Chair of Agroecology and Food Systems, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, 08500 Vic, Spain
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3730; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103730
Received: 5 September 2018 / Revised: 1 October 2018 / Accepted: 15 October 2018 / Published: 17 October 2018
Addressing the generation of food waste is a major challenge nowadays. An increasing interest in studying food waste generation has emerged over the last decade. However, little attention has been devoted to understanding the root of the problem by carrying out a whole-supply-chain analysis and applying multidimensional approaches. The aim of this paper was to identify the causes of food waste in the metropolitan region of Barcelona along the food supply chain, considering the relevant stakeholders’ perceptions. Moreover, we examined the circumstantial or structural nature of the identified causes. We conducted a qualitative study consisting of 24 in-depth interviews of key stakeholders in the region along the food supply chain from October 2014 to January 2015. The interviews were analyzed by content analysis, and the main results are presented here. We used a conceptual framework that differentiates among micro, meso, and macro causes to disentangle the nature of the causes. The results from this study show the great interest of regional stakeholders in the issue of the generation of food waste and provide a complete map of the causes of food waste in the metropolitan region. From our study, we advocate that food waste is not only a sum of incidentals but it a structural problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; stakeholders; causes; food supply chain; interviews; Barcelona metropolitan region food waste; stakeholders; causes; food supply chain; interviews; Barcelona metropolitan region
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Diaz-Ruiz, R.; Costa-Font, M.; López-i-Gelats, F.; Gil, J.M. A Sum of Incidentals or a Structural Problem? The True Nature of Food Waste in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103730

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Diaz-Ruiz R, Costa-Font M, López-i-Gelats F, Gil JM. A Sum of Incidentals or a Structural Problem? The True Nature of Food Waste in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona. Sustainability. 2018; 10(10):3730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103730

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Diaz-Ruiz, Raquel, Montserrat Costa-Font, Feliu López-i-Gelats, and José M. Gil 2018. "A Sum of Incidentals or a Structural Problem? The True Nature of Food Waste in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona" Sustainability 10, no. 10: 3730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103730

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