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Generational differences in food management skills and their impact on food waste in households

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posted on 19.10.2021, 03:39 by Gamithri G Karunasena, Jayanath AnandaJayanath Ananda, David PearsonDavid Pearson
There are generational differences in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours with respect to food consumption and waste in households. Understanding these generational differences is necessary to be able to effectively combat household food waste. However, there is a deficit in studies that focus on these differences. To address this gap, we analysed survey results from 2187 households and interviews with 16 international experts to understand how food management skills and food waste behaviours are influenced by various generational groups. Findings support a significant negative relationship between age and food waste, that is, younger generations tend to waste more food. Increase in young consumers food waste is caused by lack of food management skills in the areas of shopping, storing, and cooking with leftovers. To encourage changes which support reducing food waste, it is recommended the messages targeting young consumers be communicated via combinations of intergenerational storytelling, web and smart phone-based Apps, and videos suitable for sharing on social media.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

175

Start Page

1

End Page

13

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1879-0658

ISSN

0921-3449

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

24/08/2021

External Author Affiliations

Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, SA

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Article Number

105890