JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 437-450.doi: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20190218

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Food waste at the consumer segment: Impact and action

ZHANG Pan-pan1(), BAI Jun-fei1, LIU Xiao-jie2(), CHENG Sheng-kui2   

  1. 1. College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2018-06-13 Revised:2018-10-11 Online:2019-02-28 Published:2019-02-28
  • Contact: LIU Xiao-jie;


Food waste has become a global problem, which causes widespread concern from the public. The consumption segment is an important part of food waste, and it is increasingly serious. Food waste at the consumer segment is mainly divided into household food waste and food waste outside home. Food waste at the consumer segment has different impacts on national food security, resources and environment, and social and economic development. Food waste at the consumption segment is affected by factors such as economic and social development, cultural background, demographic characteristics, and consumer behavior and awareness. At present, the study of food waste at the consumer segment mostly uses methods such as weighing (or estimating) and measurement model. It still needs to be further explored by developing reasonable quantitative methods, establishing complete theoretical models and proposing concrete research methods. In addition, to reduce food waste at the consumer segment, we should encourage multi-stakeholders to make a joint effort to deal with food waste at the consumer segment from the perspectives of government, society, individuals and other angles.

Key words: food waste, consumer segment, impact and action