Where are the best opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the food system (including the food chain)? A comment

Dorward, L.J. (2012) Where are the best opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the food system (including the food chain)? A comment. Food Policy, 37 (4). pp. 463-466.

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Abstract

In a recent paper Garnett (2011) examines the greenhouse gas emissions arising from the global food system. This paper builds on Garnett’s contribution by considering how high levels of food waste contribute to the food chain’s greenhouse emissions and how they can be reduced, something Garnett generally overlooks. The emissions that arise from food waste represent the emissions embedded in the production of food that is then wasted and the emissions that arise from the process of waste disposal. Food waste can also be split into pre-consumer and consumer waste. These distinctions give rise to four categories of food waste related emissions: pre-consumer embedded, pre-consumer waste disposal, consumer embedded and consumer waste disposal emissions. The levels of food waste in each category differ between economies, as do the causes of wastage. Policies to address food waste and the associated emissions need to promote a mixture of technological and behavioural change and be tailored to the economic, cultural and technological conditions in each country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food waste; Greenhouse gas emissions; Landfill; Methane; Waste management
Author Affiliation: Winterbourne, Amage Road, Wye, Ashford Kent, TN25 5DE, UK
Subjects: Plant Protection
Postharvest Management
Social Sciences > Postharvest Management
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 08:41
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 08:41
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.04.006
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/5851

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