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Missing Food, Missing Data? A Critical Review of Global Food Losses and Food Waste Data
Xue, Li1,2; Liu, Gang3; Parfitt, Julian4; Liu, Xiaojie1; Van Herpen, Erica5; Stenmarck, Asa6; O'Connor, Clementine7; Ostergren, Karin8; Cheng, Shengkui1
2017-06-20
Source PublicationENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
ISSN0013-936X
Volume51Issue:12Pages:6618-6633
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Gang(gli@kbm.sdu.dk)
AbstractFood losses and food waste (FLW) have become a global concern in recent years and emerge as a priority in the global and national political agenda (e.g., with Target 12.3 in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals). A good understanding of the availability and quality of global FLW data is a prerequisite for tracking progress on reduction targets, analyzing environmental impacts, and exploring mitigation strategies for FLW. There has been a growing body of literature on FLW quantification in the past years; however, significant challenges remain, such as data inconsistency and a narrow temporal, geographical, and food supply chain coverage. In this paper, we examined 202 publications which reported FLW data for 84 countries and 52 individual years from 1933 to 2014. We found that most existing publications are conducted for a few industrialized countries (e.g., the United Kingdom and the United States), and over half of them are based only on secondary data, which signals high uncertainties in the existing global FLW database. Despite these uncertainties, existing data indicate that per-capita food waste in the household increases with an increase of per-capita GDP. We believe that more consistent, in-depth, and primary-data-based studies, especially for emerging economies, are badly needed to better inform relevant policy on FLW reduction and environmental impacts mitigation.
DOI10.1021/acs.est.7b00401
WOS KeywordUNITED-STATES ; CARBON FOOTPRINT ; SWEDISH RETAIL ; FRESH PRODUCE ; SUPPLY CHAIN ; SOUTH-AFRICA ; LIFE-CYCLE ; PREVENTION ; METHODOLOGY ; GENERATION
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[71233007] ; National Key Research and Development Plan of China[2016YFE0113100] ; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (International Network Programme)[5132-00029B] ; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (International Network Programme)[6144-00036]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; National Key Research and Development Plan of China ; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (International Network Programme)
WOS Research AreaEngineering ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectEngineering, Environmental ; Environmental Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000404087400002
PublisherAMER CHEMICAL SOC
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/63006
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Gang
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Univ Southrn Denmark, Dept Chem Engn Biotechnol & Environm Technol, SDU Life Cycle Engn, DK-5230 Odense, Denmark
4.Anthesis Grp, Oxford OX4 1RE, England
5.Wageningen Univ, Mkt & Consumer Behav Grp, NL-6708 PB Wageningen, Netherlands
6.IVL Swedish Environm Res Inst, S-11427 Stockholm, Sweden
7.World Resources Inst, Washington, DC 20002 USA
8.RISE Biosci & Mat, Agrifood & Biosci, S-22370 Lund, Sweden
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Xue, Li,Liu, Gang,Parfitt, Julian,et al. Missing Food, Missing Data? A Critical Review of Global Food Losses and Food Waste Data[J]. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY,2017,51(12):6618-6633.
APA Xue, Li.,Liu, Gang.,Parfitt, Julian.,Liu, Xiaojie.,Van Herpen, Erica.,...&Cheng, Shengkui.(2017).Missing Food, Missing Data? A Critical Review of Global Food Losses and Food Waste Data.ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY,51(12),6618-6633.
MLA Xue, Li,et al."Missing Food, Missing Data? A Critical Review of Global Food Losses and Food Waste Data".ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 51.12(2017):6618-6633.
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