Research & Practice

A Qualitative Study of U.S. Food Waste Programs and Activities at the State and Local Level

In the United States, 40 percent of all food intended for human consumption is lost or wasted. This has economic, environmental, and social consequences that justify the involvement of public agencies. Although there have been actions taken by public agencies across the country to address the issue of food waste, little is known about how public agencies are addressing this complex and multifaceted issue. To investigate current efforts of agencies at the state and local level, we conducted a qualitative study of the strategies, challenges, successes, and recommendations of agencies currently doing this work.

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Project Type(s): Master's Thesis

Author(s): Chris Benson

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2017

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