Next Article in Journal
Study of Multiple Land Use Planning Based on the Coordinated Development of Wetland Farmland: A Case Study of Fuyuan City, China
Next Article in Special Issue
Identification and Analysis of Attributes for Industrial Food Waste Management Modelling
Previous Article in Journal
One Transformation Path Does Not Fit All—Insights into the Diffusion Processes of Education for Sustainable Development in Different Educational Areas in Germany
Previous Article in Special Issue
Pet Food as the Most Concrete Strategy for Using Food Waste as Feedstuff within the European Context: A Feasibility Study
Article Menu
Issue 1 (January-1) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Such a Shame! A Study on Self-Perception of Household Food Waste

1
Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
2
Department of Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest Systems, University of Tuscia, Via San Camillo de Lellis snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
3
Department of Economy, Engineering, Society and Business, University of Tuscia, Via del Paradiso 47, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2019, 11(1), 270; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11010270
Received: 2 November 2018 / Revised: 27 December 2018 / Accepted: 31 December 2018 / Published: 8 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Methods for Food Waste Valorization)
  |  
PDF [1309 KB, uploaded 8 January 2019]
  |  

Abstract

Reducing food waste is globally considered as a key challenge in developing sustainable food systems. Although most food waste is generated at the household level, consumers hardly recognize their responsibility, and the factors underpinning their perception of the quantity of food wasted at home are still unclear. This paper aims to fill this gap by analyzing the results of a large-scale survey conducted in Italy. The perceived quantity of household food waste was measured through a Likert scale and analyzed by means of a logistic regression against a set of predictors, including food waste motivations, perception of the effects of food waste, and sociodemographic variables. As expected, the perceived quantity of food waste declared by respondents was very low. Among the main determinants, food shopping habits and the level of awareness about the reasons why food is wasted played a key role. In contrast, the perception of the environmental effects of food waste seemed to be less important. Differences among subsamples recruited in different areas of Italy were detected, suggesting that further studies, as well as awareness-raising policies, should also consider context-related variables. View Full-Text
Keywords: household food waste; awareness; consumer behavior; environmental education; food waste prevention; logistic regression household food waste; awareness; consumer behavior; environmental education; food waste prevention; logistic regression
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Falasconi, L.; Cicatiello, C.; Franco, S.; Segrè, A.; Setti, M.; Vittuari, M. Such a Shame! A Study on Self-Perception of Household Food Waste. Sustainability 2019, 11, 270.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top