Study: Measures of food waste are ‘overstated’ and potentially consequential

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  • new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association claims measures of food waste are “inconsistent” and may be overstated.
  • The authors of the study cite four different definitions of food waste — attributed to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), E.U. Fusions, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — stating they are all “lacking in some way.” The authors simplify their definition of food waste as “the difference between the amount of food produced and the sum of all food employed in any kind of productive use, whether it is food or nonfood.”
  • The definition of food waste by the authors illustrates that food waste, under the parameters of other definitions, is overestimated — in part because measurements value food waste at retail price, rather than upstream prices.


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