A new research project at the University of Tampere is investigating how people could waste less food in their homes. The aim is to come up with concrete means to stop and decrease food wastage in Finland.
The increased wasting of food is a global problem, and a large part of the wasted food, about 40 percent, is wasted in homes. People are starting to awaken to this problem. For example, the European Commission has set a goal to decrease the amount of wasted food by a half by the year 2025. Decreasing the amount of wasted food is also included in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
“Our project is concentrating on ordinary people who take action and make choices in order to decrease food wastage,” says the project manager Elina Närvänen, an adjunct professor at the University of Tampere.
“Gaining a better understanding of what is happening in people’s everyday lives opens opportunities to have an impact on food wastage and the reasons why it happens.”
D.Sc.(Econ.) Malla Mattila and M.Sc.(Econ.) Ulla-Maija Sutinen and D.Sc.(Econ.) Nina Mesiranta and D.Sc.(Econ.) Anna Heikkinen work as researchers in the project.
The three-year project at the School of Management is funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.
The research project’s blog (in Finnish) can be found at: wastebustersfinland.blogspot.fi