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Domestic Food Waste and Covid-19 Concern: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

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Department of Political Science, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80138 Napoli, Italy
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SAFE-School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università degli Studi Della Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
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Academic Editors: Gaetano Chinnici and Giuseppe Antonio Di Vita
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8366; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158366
Received: 29 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 24 July 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Food Waste: Firm Strategies and Consumer Behaviour)
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic rapidly and dramatically disrupted household behaviours in almost all areas and, among these, eating behaviours and daily food patterns have also been radically altered. All reported changes have potential effects in terms of food waste, which is a global problem that mainly occurs at household level. Many scholars attempted to understand the antecedents of food waste in the framework of Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB). In this paper we follow this strain of research by focussing on two different behaviours, suggested by the Waste Framework Directive of the EU, namely (a) reducing servings and (b) using leftovers, which may be predicted by the intention to reduce food waste. An online questionnaire containing the key constructs of the TPB and the concern towards the pandemic was administered to a sample of 201 Italian consumers. Results show that the TPB model was confirmed for both behaviours while the Covid-19 concern had no direct effect. However, in the case of portion reduction, there is a significant interaction between concern and intention not to waste food. That is, the effect of intention on reducing servings is increasing as the level of concern increases. Therefore, some indications on how to address food waste policies are drawn. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; TPB; moderation; leftovers; reduce servings food waste; TPB; moderation; leftovers; reduce servings
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Amato, M.; Verneau, F.; Coppola, A.; La Barbera, F. Domestic Food Waste and Covid-19 Concern: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8366. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158366

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Amato M, Verneau F, Coppola A, La Barbera F. Domestic Food Waste and Covid-19 Concern: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8366. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158366

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Amato, Mario, Fabio Verneau, Adele Coppola, and Francesco La Barbera. 2021. "Domestic Food Waste and Covid-19 Concern: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8366. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158366

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