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Tackling food loss and waste: An overview of policy actions

Reynolds, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1073-7394 (2022). Tackling food loss and waste: An overview of policy actions. In: Busetti, S. & Pace, N. (Eds.), Food Loss and Waste Policy. (pp. 42-60). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003226932-5


There are multiple and varied food loss and waste (FLW) policy actions that can take place over a variety of time periods in order to meet or make progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. However, existing peer-reviewed documents illustrate the lack of evidence-base that many of the policy actions currently have. This chapter gives a wider review of these 100+ policy actions and interventions that are available for tackling FWL, highlighting 36 policy actions and interventions classifying these as interventions into a framework of Public policy and regulation, Taxes and fees, Voluntary agreements, Information provision, Nudging, Changes to Standards, Hospitality policy, Surplus and Donation policy, Valorisation and animal feed policy, as well as Technical and innovative policy actions. This chapter also provides an introduction to wider FLW policy concepts including the food waste hierarchy; the need for multiple policy aims in a food systems context; as well the concept of policy coherence to enhance FLW policy implementation. The overall intention of this chapter is to provide the reader with the wider 'menu' of policy actions that are available to address FLW and allow comparison with the actions that were chosen in real-world FLW policy settings

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Food Loss and Waste Policy on 7 October 2022, available online:
Subjects: J Political Science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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