What is it about?

Household food preparation loss is called “possibly avoidable food waste” in Europe or “excessive removal” in Japan. This study explores reasons behind household food preparation loss using a qualitative method.

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Why is it important?

Much of the edible parts of food items are wasted or lost during food preparation at home. In order to discuss how to reduce household preparation losses, it is important to understand why people throw edible parts away. This is because different measures of reduction of preparation losses will be needed according to their reasons.

Perspectives

Household preparation losses are often interpreted as a cultural issue: they are believed to be generated because of people's “inedible” perception or their own preference. However, the results show they are generated also owing to convenience in preparation, lack of preparation skill and knowledge, and lack of concern about preparation losses. I hope these new perspectives would be considered in campaigns or programs that aim to reduce food losses.

Maki Nonomura
Tokyo University of Agriculture

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This page is a summary of: Reasons for food losses during home preparation, British Food Journal, December 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/bfj-06-2019-0457.
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