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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Oregon Wasted Food Study: Measurement, motivations and opportunities to waste less food

Title:
Oregon Wasted Food Study: Measurement, motivations and opportunities to waste less food

Abstract:
The following findings illuminate key themes that are applicable to the larger topic of wasted food and related behaviors in households. While the findings cannot be "generalized" across all of Oregon's residents, they represent major themes that recurred in 32 qualitative interviews. As recurrent themes, they suggest these categories of beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors are relevant throughout a substantial part of the state's population. Further research will be conducted to better understand the specifics of the identified themes and to create more generalizable results in the subsequent survey and diary tasks of the larger study. Note that the term "food waste generation" in this report includes food that was discarded to trash, down the drain, fed to animals, and organics recycling such as composting or anaerobic digestion. The following key themes are explored in the following section:

  1. Aspirational Relationships with Food
  2. Location of Food Provisioning: Grocery Stores vs. Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, and Gardens
  3. Appropriate Quantities of Food for Single-Person and Small Households
  4. Commonly Discarded Items (Self-Reported)
  5. The Role of Composting in Food Waste Prevention

URL:
http://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/WastedFoodStudyTask1.pdf

Source:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
May 26, 2017

Associated Sectors:

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