FoodWatch and food resource flows
Book chapter, 2016

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017.Food consumption represents a significant environmental impact, and in terms of climate impact, food consumption ranks among the top three contributing sectors. By changing dietary choices and reducing food waste, significant reductions in food-derived GHG emissions can be achieved. However, food consumption behavior depends on several interrelated factors, some of which have proved difficult to influence. Further research and new approaches in data collection and intervention design are needed to identify effective strategies. Here, a web-based tool for collecting highly disaggregated data on household food consumption and food waste behavior, called Food Watch, is presented. I present the results of an early version field trial, with detailed analysis of food waste categories and a discussion about intervention and feedback design. A roadmap for future research and development of the Food Watch application is also presented.

Consumer behavior

Sustainable food consumption

Ecological footprint

Food waste reduction


Jesper Knutsson

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Living Labs: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living; Keyson, D.V., Guerra-Santin, O., Lockton, D. (Eds.)

9783319335278 (ISBN)

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Environmental Engineering





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