Dimensions of household food waste in Turkey


Dölekoğlu C. Ö. , Gün S., ŞENGÜL S., VAR I., Giray H.

New Medit, vol.20, no.5, pp.47-63, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.30682/nm2105d
  • Journal Name: New Medit
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, EconLit, Index Islamicus, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-63
  • Keywords: Food Waste, Consumer food waste, Probit, Food Waste Turkey, BEHAVIOR, CONSUMERS, LEVEL, DETERMINANTS, METHODOLOGY, ATTITUDES, REASONS, LOSSES, COSTS, WATER
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

© 2021, Bononia University Press. All rights reserved.Food waste creates an increasing concern at the global level and searching methods how to solve food waste is also a significantly increasing. Finding adequate solutions and implementing is only possible through defining the problem. To solve a complicated problem like food waste which interests large population and has different kind of features for each product is a time consuming. At this point, revealing food waste at the different stages is important. The biggest share from the waste is taken by households. This study covers the analyses results of the surveys conducted in 3 big cities in different geographic region in order to identify household food waste’s level in Turkey. Totally 1155 surveys were conducted in Erzurum, İzmir and Adana in June 2016 and 2017. In addition to food waste, its perception, food purchase and store behaviors of the consumers were investigated. The results show that households wasted about 7.5 tonnes food during the month surveys carried out. Only 180 families out of 1155 had no food waste and this number is higher in Erzurum. The highest food waste was observed in Adana where it was 3.3 tonnes per month while it was 2.6 tonnes in Erzurum and 1.6 tonnes in İzmir.