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Home transport and wastage: Environmentally relevant household activities in the life cycle of food
SIK – Institutet för livsmedel och bioteknik.
SIK – Institutet för livsmedel och bioteknik.
2005 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 34, no 42099, 371-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In environmental systems analysis of food production systems, the consumer phase (home transport, cooking, storing, and wastage) is an important contributor to the total life-cycle environmental impact. However, households are the least investigated part of the food chain. Information gathering about households involves difficulties; the number of households is large, and food-related activities are embedded in other household activities. In cooperation between researchers from environmental systems analysis and consumer research, Swedish households were surveyed by questionnaire, diary, and interviews. Data on home transport of food and wastage were collected. The average weekly driving distance was 28 to 63 km per household, depending on how trips made in conjunction with other errands are allocated. The wastage of prepared food ranged between 0 and 34% for different food categories, and wastage from storing between 0 and 164% (more food was discarded, e.g. by cleaning out a cupboard, than consumed). In both cases dairy products scored highest. © Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2005.

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2005. Vol. 34, no 42099, 371-375 p.
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Food Engineering
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Livsmedelsteknik
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Food Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-8332PubMedID: 16092271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-8332DiVA: diva2:966203
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