Title

Food Waste Hierarchy of Scandinavia

Presenter

Margo Heffron

Abstract

In a perfect world, waste would not exist; waste is just a symptom of mismanaged resources. On a global scale,almost a third of the world’s food supply is wasted. We know food waste should go toward extinguishing hunger, but how do we prevent and manage our food waste effectively? Through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad course, “Sustainability in Northern Europe,” I explore this question by analyzing Food Waste Systems in Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. Through comparative analysis, I study how both cities manage food waste and in which ways they promote prevention. I share that even though many cost-effective methods exist to prevent food waste, these two Scandinavian cities rely on waste to produce energy and electricity, a systematic flaw that prevents them from moving up the waste hierarchy. I will analyze food waste issues of the Pacific Northwest as well.

Faculty Sponsor

Amy Molitor

Sponsor Department/Programs

Environmental Studies

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Environmental Impacts

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Location

Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Food Waste Hierarchy of Scandinavia

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In a perfect world, waste would not exist; waste is just a symptom of mismanaged resources. On a global scale,almost a third of the world’s food supply is wasted. We know food waste should go toward extinguishing hunger, but how do we prevent and manage our food waste effectively? Through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad course, “Sustainability in Northern Europe,” I explore this question by analyzing Food Waste Systems in Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. Through comparative analysis, I study how both cities manage food waste and in which ways they promote prevention. I share that even though many cost-effective methods exist to prevent food waste, these two Scandinavian cities rely on waste to produce energy and electricity, a systematic flaw that prevents them from moving up the waste hierarchy. I will analyze food waste issues of the Pacific Northwest as well.

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