Household Food Waste Behavior: Avenues for Future Research
Journal of the Association of Consumer Research, 1 (1), 2016, DOI: 10.1086/684528
21 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 17, 2015
Drawing from previous studies, this review proposes a research agenda in regard to household food waste, a neglected topic within the field of consumer behavior. This phenomenon has remarkable social and environmental relevance when one considers that it occurs at the end of the food chain, and thus, wastage at this stage implies losses of resources required for food production. This study aims to provide a framework and solutions for conducting future research in this area. Academic opportunities identified suggest that further theorizing is needed related to consumer food waste, in addition to studies aimed at testing the impact of communication initiatives on behavioral change and at providing a standardized methodology to measure consumer food waste.
Keywords: Food waste; food consumption; low-income; household food disposal; research opportunities; sustainability
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