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Is there a need for greater integration and shift in policy to tackle food waste? Insights from a review of European Union legislations

Eriksson, Mattias and Giovannini, Simone and Ghosh, Ranjan Kumar (2020). Is there a need for greater integration and shift in policy to tackle food waste? Insights from a review of European Union legislations. SN Applied Sciences. 2 , 1347 , 1-13
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Within the European Union, there is an increasing recognition about the negative environmental impacts of food waste making it a prominent policy issue. But there is no clarity whether policies aimed at food waste minimisation are based on sound legislative frameworks that actually empower the relevant actors. By carefully reviewing existing European Union legislations that are linked directly or indirectly to food waste, we identify the difficulties encountered by stakeholders and assess whether adaptations to the rules-in-use are beneficial and desirable. Our general finding is that liability for donated foodstuffs, date marking provisions, the flexibility principle provided by the European Union Hygiene Package and fiscal rules are the main policy elements affecting, either positively or negatively, food waste generation and management. Food donation for charitable purposes emerges as the predominant Pan-European Union waste management solution. While removing existing barriers for food donors and banks is fundamental—as it makes redistribution more effective—this does not tackle prevention of excess food generation. We conclude that while there are several European Union food legislations which include and impact food waste management options, they are hardly direct. Moreover, they often generate incentives that are at odds across stakeholders, thereby dampening the intended impact. There is, therefore, need for an integrated policy framework to tackle food waste specifically. For that to happen though, a pre-requisite is lot more empirical research on the interaction effects of various food waste legislations.

Authors/Creators:Eriksson, Mattias and Giovannini, Simone and Ghosh, Ranjan Kumar
Title:Is there a need for greater integration and shift in policy to tackle food waste? Insights from a review of European Union legislations
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:2
Article number:1347
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Springer Nature
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 505 Law > Law and Society
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
Keywords:Food waste, Food donations, Waste framework directive, Policy and legislations, EU
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106748
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106748
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DOI10.1007/s42452-020-3147-8
ID Code:17281
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:19 Aug 2020 12:02
Metadata Last Modified:19 Aug 2020 12:02

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