Household food waste in Nordic countries: Estimations and ethical implications

Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics 1 (1):6-23 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This study focuses on food waste generated by households in four Nordic countries: Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Based on existing literature we present comparable data on amounts and monetary value of food waste; explanations for food waste at household level; a number of public and private initiatives at national levels aiming to reduce food waste; and a discussion of ethical issues related to food waste with a focus on possible contributions from ecocentric ethics. We argue that reduction of food waste at household level, which has an impact on issues such as climate change and unjust distribution of food resources, needs to be based on an appreciative and relational understanding of nature and food and not only on economic and moralizing arguments. This is done by drawing on an ecocentric perspective where food is seen as one of the areas where new narratives need to be developed to establish cultural habits replacing a focus on affluence and individual choice with a focus on participatory embeddedness in a more-than-human lifeworld.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,517

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

An analysis of a community food waste stream.Mary Griffin, Jeffery Sobal & Thomas A. Lyson - 2009 - Agriculture and Human Values 26 (1-2):67-81.
The Clean Plate Club? Food Waste and Individual Responsibility.Erich Hatala Matthes & Jaclyn Hatala Matthes - 2017 - In Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson & Tyler Doggett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 313-330.
Ethics of food waste.Miranda Mirosa, David Pearson & Rory Pearson - 2017 - In Mary C. Rawlinson & Caleb Ward (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics. London: Routledge. pp. 400--408.

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-10-12

Downloads
27 (#588,924)

6 months
12 (#312,853)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?