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Type of publication: conference paper
Type of publication (PDB): Tezės kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Theses in other peer-reviewed publications (T1e)
Field of Science: Ekonomika / Economics (S004)
Author(s): Vitunskienė, Vlada
Title: Consumer Food Waste in Lithuania: Concerns and Causes
Is part of: 2nd International conference on food and agricultural economics [elektroninis išteklius]: proceedings book (full texts-abstracts-posters), 27th -28th April 2018, Alanya, Turkey. Alanya: Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, 2018
Extent: p. 48
Date: 2018
Keywords: Consumer food waste;households;Lithuania
ISBN: 9786052451960
Abstract: This study aimed to identify and analyse concerns and behaviour towards consumer food waste in Lithuania, to examine the extent and uncover the main causes of consumer food waste in Lithuanian households. To reach this aim, in 2016, the web survey in a sample size of 559 respondents older than 18 years was conducted. The reason for choosing this sample was twofold, firstly, these respondents were responsible for decisions they made as regards food purchases, and, secondly, they maintained themselves. The analysis of collected data was performed using the methods of mathematical statistics. The results revealed that the majority of Lithuanians recognized the problem of food waste and its linkages to economic, environmental and social problems. The main reasons of consumer food waste accrued due to lack of planning and management of purchase, preparation of food and meals. Coupled with the relatively high food prices, consumers tended to buy too much food when it was discounted. Plate waste from partially eaten meals regarding larger portions was also recorded. The results of the analysis indicated that women, younger and less educated respondents were least likely to perceive the food waste issues. The food waste averaged just 5% in 39.2% of households. The largest share of food waste, i.e. more than half of purchased food was indicated by 2.3% of respondents. This behaviour of respondents might be resulted of the Lithuanian habits formed in planned economy and also in regards to low income of households as compared to other developed countries
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Žemės ūkio akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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