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Food Waste of Italian Families: Proportion in Quantity and Monetary Value of Food Purchases

CREA Council for Agricultural Research and Economics—Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Rome, Italy
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Foods 2021, 10(8), 1920; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10081920
Received: 13 July 2021 / Revised: 13 August 2021 / Accepted: 17 August 2021 / Published: 19 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Food Security and Sustainability)
Halving per capita food waste (FW) is one of the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. This study aims to evaluate the weight and monetary values of food waste among a sample of Italian families. In a representative sample of 1142 families, the adults responsible for food purchases and in charge of preparing meals were assessed with a self-administrated questionnaire measuring quantity and typology of FW. These data were linked with food purchases figures measured as an average of four weeks. Italian families wasted 399 kg of food per week (4.4% of the weight of food purchased), which correspond to a monetary value of €1.052 (3.8% of the overall food expenditure). Clustering the food groups according to waste quantity, typology, and monetary value made it possible to show that price has a role in the generation of food waste, as the lower the unitary cost, the higher the quantity of waste. Consequently, foods with high unitary costs were less wasted. The results of this study showed that Italian consumers are sensitive to the economic impact of waste and this should be considered in sensitization campaigns. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; monetary value; food categories; household food waste; Italy food waste; monetary value; food categories; household food waste; Italy
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Aureli, V.; Scalvedi, M.L.; Rossi, L. Food Waste of Italian Families: Proportion in Quantity and Monetary Value of Food Purchases. Foods 2021, 10, 1920. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10081920

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Aureli V, Scalvedi ML, Rossi L. Food Waste of Italian Families: Proportion in Quantity and Monetary Value of Food Purchases. Foods. 2021; 10(8):1920. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10081920

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Aureli, Vittoria, Maria L. Scalvedi, and Laura Rossi. 2021. "Food Waste of Italian Families: Proportion in Quantity and Monetary Value of Food Purchases" Foods 10, no. 8: 1920. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10081920

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