This comprehensive handbook represents a definitive state of the current art and science of food waste from multiple perspectives.

The issue of food waste has emerged in recent years as a major global problem. Recent research has enabled greater understanding and measurement of loss and waste throughout food supply chains, shedding light on contributing factors and practical solutions. This book includes perspectives and disciplines ranging from agriculture, food science, industrial ecology, history, economics, consumer behaviour, geography, theology, planning, sociology, and environmental policy among others. The Routledge Handbook of Food Waste addresses new and ongoing debates around systemic causes and solutions, including behaviour change, social innovation, new technologies, spirituality, redistribution, animal feed, and activism. The chapters describe and evaluate country case studies, waste management, treatment, prevention, and reduction approaches, and compares research methodologies for better understanding food wastage.

This book is essential reading for the growing number of food waste scholars, practitioners, and policy makers interested in researching, theorising, debating, and solving the multifaceted phenomenon of food waste.

chapter |20 pages

Food Waste

An introduction to contemporary food waste studies
ByCharlotte Spring, Tammara Soma, Jordon Lazell, Christian Reynolds

part Part I|58 pages

Understanding modern food waste regimes

chapter 1|14 pages

After Market

Capital, surplus, and the social afterlives of food waste
ByDavid Boarder Giles

chapter 2|18 pages

The Perfect Storm

A history of food waste
ByAndrew F. Smith

chapter 3|10 pages

Food Waste, Religion, and Spirituality

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim approaches
ByTanhum Yoreh, Stephen Bede Scharper

chapter 4|14 pages

Interrogating Waste

Vastogenic regimes in the 21st century
ByJon Cloke

part Part II|78 pages

Food waste (and loss) along the food supply chain and institutions

chapter 5|12 pages

Produce Loss and Waste in Agricultural Production

ByLisa K. Johnson

chapter 6|21 pages

Food Loss and Waste in Processing and Distribution

ByMartin Gooch, Abdel Samie Felfel

chapter 7|15 pages

Food Waste (And Loss) at the Retail Level

ByFelicitas Schneider, Mattias Eriksson

chapter 8|15 pages

Household Food Waste

ByKate Parizeau

chapter 9|13 pages

Food Waste in the Service Sector

Key concepts, measurement methods and best practices
ByKirsi Silvennoinen, Sampsa Nisonen, Oona Pietiläinen

part Part III|96 pages

Overview of regional food waste

chapter 10|13 pages

Food Waste in the UK and EU

A policy and practice perspective
ByStephen D. Porter

chapter 11|15 pages

Food Loss and Waste Measurement Methods and Estimates for the United States

ByJean C. Buzby, Claudia Fabiano

chapter 12|20 pages

Apprehending Food Waste in Asia

Policies, practices and promising trends
ByMarlyne Sahakian, Megha Shenoy, Tammara Soma, Atsushi Watabe, Ran Yagasa, Dickella Gamaralalage Jagath Premakumara, Chen Liu, Abigail Marie Favis, Czarina Saloma

chapter 13|18 pages

Food Waste Within South Africa and Saudi Arabia

BySuzan Oelofse, Anton Nahman, Mirza Barjees Baig, Ramy Salemdeeb, Abdul-Sattar Nizami, Christian Reynolds

chapter 14|12 pages

Food Waste in Australia and New Zealand

ByMiranda Mirosa, David Pearson, Christian Reynolds

chapter 15|16 pages

Estimating Total and Per Capita Food Waste in Brazilian Households

A scenario analysis
ByGlenio Piran Dal’ Magro, Edson Talamini

part Part IV|92 pages

Methodologies in food waste studies

chapter 16|14 pages

Quantifying Food Waste

Food waste audits, surveys, and new technologies
BySally Geislar

chapter 17|24 pages

Moving Beyond the ‘What’ and ‘How Much’ to the ‘Why’

Researching food waste at the consumer level
ByLaura C. Moreno, Jordon Lazell, Vicki Mavrakis, Belinda Li

chapter 18|18 pages

Applying Behaviour Change Methods to Food Waste

BySandra Davison, Lisanne van Geffen, Erica van Herpen, Anne Sharp

chapter 19|15 pages

All My Relations

Applying social innovation and Indigenous methodology to challenge the paradigm of food waste
ByTammara Soma, Belinda Li, Adrianne Lickers Xavier, Sean Geobey, Rafaela F. Gutierrez

chapter 20|19 pages

Modelling Approaches to Food Waste

Discrete event simulation; machine learning; Bayesian networks; agent-based modelling; and mass balance estimation
ByCansu Kandemir, Christian Reynolds, Monika Verma, Matthew Grainger, Gavin Stewart, Simone Righi, Simone Piras, Marco Setti, Matteo Vittuari, Tom Quested

part Part V|110 pages

Solutions to food waste?

chapter 21|14 pages

Surplus Food Redistribution

ByJane Midgley

chapter 22|18 pages

Keeping Unavoidable Food Waste in the Food Chain as Animal Feed

ByMartin Bowman, Karen Luyckx, Christina O’Sullivan

chapter 23|19 pages

From Dumpster Dives to Disco Vibes

The shifting shape of food waste activism
ByAlex V. Barnard, Marie Mourad

chapter 24|13 pages

The Effects of Labelling, Packaging and The Eating Environment on Consumer-Generated Food Waste

ByMonica C. LaBarge, Sarah Evans, Beth Vallen, Lauren G. Block

chapter 25|15 pages

Upcycling and Valorisation of Food Waste

ByMohamed A. Gedi, Vincenzo di Bari, Roger Ibbett, Randa Darwish, Ogueri Nwaiwu, Zainudin Umar, Deepa Agarwal, Richard Worrall, David Gray, Tim Foster

chapter 26|15 pages

Exploring The Potential Of Digital Food Waste Prevention In The Restaurant Industry

ByJan Mayer, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi

chapter 27|12 pages

Food Waste Management, Treatment and Disposal Options

A review and future considerations
ByDaniel Hoornweg, Scott Lougheed, Mark Walker, Ramy Salemdeeb, Tammara Soma, Christian Reynolds

part Part VI|52 pages

Debates in food waste studies and looking ahead

chapter 28|14 pages

Conduits That Bite Back

Challenging the ‘win-win’ solutions of food recalls and redistribution
ByScott Lougheed, Charlotte Spring

chapter 29|12 pages

Are You Buying Food Waste?

The roles technologies can play in (re)designing the food retail experience
ByGeremy Farr-Wharton, Timur Osadchiy, Peter Lyle

chapter 30|10 pages

A Brief Overview Of Current Food Waste Research

The what, why, how and future directions
ByJessica Aschemann-Witzel, Ezra Ho, Tammara Soma

chapter 31|14 pages

Challenging Hegemonic Conceptions of Food Waste

Critical reflections from a food waste activist
ByMartin Bowman