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Household food waste behaviour in EU-27 countries: A multilevel analysis


  • Secondi, Luca
  • Principato, Ludovica
  • Laureti, Tiziana


A large amount of food is lost along the entire food supply chain, causing serious environmental, economic and social impacts and most food is wasted during the final consumption phase especially in industrialized countries. Starting from the analysis of the main regulations and initiatives at various administrative levels and by introducing a two-level framework for modelling complex household food waste behaviour, this paper aims at investigating the behaviour of EU-27 citizens towards food waste by referring to the 2013 Flash Eurobarometer survey (n. 388).

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  • Secondi, Luca & Principato, Ludovica & Laureti, Tiziana, 2015. "Household food waste behaviour in EU-27 countries: A multilevel analysis," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 25-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:56:y:2015:i:c:p:25-40
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.07.007

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