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A Handbook of Food CrimeImmoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them$
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Allison Gray and Ronald Hinch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336013

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.001.0001

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Food waste (non)regulation

Food waste (non)regulation

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(p.331) 20 Food waste (non)regulation
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A Handbook of Food Crime
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Michael A. Long

Michael J. Lynch

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.003.0021

This chapter focuses on food waste and the lack of national and international regulations to reduce food waste. First, a history and overview of social science scholarship on food waste is presented. Next, the numerous ethical, social and ecological consequences of food waste are reviewed and it is argued that the current level of food waste and its non-regulation can be considered criminal. Potential responses to the food waste problem are then discussed, focusing on reclaiming waste as food and technocratic measures that turn food waste into energy. The chapter then notes that while these technocratic measures are helpful in reducing some amount of food waste, meaningful reductions in food waste will not occur without changes to neoliberal global capitalism.

Keywords:   food waste, global capitalism, biorefinery, biogas, regulation

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