Food Waste in Denmark and Sweden – University of Copenhagen

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Food Waste in Denmark and Sweden

- Understanding Household Consumption Practices to develop Sustainable Food Care

Project by Sebastian Abrahamsson, Marie Curie Fellow at Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe).

Sebastian studies how food wasting happens, and what is done to prevent it from happening, in the Öresund region. Focusing on the role of the consumer and the practice of food consumption, the project aims at mapping and articulating

  1. the ways in which techniques and technologies enable and disable wasting
  2. the specific ways in which different kinds of foods, and their perishability, afford non-wasting and wasting and
  3. generating qualitative material from interviews and using ethnographic methods, the project will elucidate differences and similarities with regard to food waste in consumers’ everyday lives in Denmark and Sweden.

An important aspect will be to move away from blaming consumers for food that is wasted, to look instead at how consumers are entangled in efforts to save food from going to waste, while at the same time having other concerns.

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