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Food waste, catering practices and public procurement: A case study of hospital food systems in Wales

Sonnino, Roberta and McWilliam, Susannah P. 2011. Food waste, catering practices and public procurement: A case study of hospital food systems in Wales. Food Policy 36 (6) , pp. 823-829. 10.1016/j.foodpol.2011.09.003

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Abstract

This article aims to address the need for more comprehensive studies on sustainable food systems through a case study of hospital food waste in Wales, UK. Based on a mixed-method research approach that focused on the links between hospital food waste, catering practices and public procurement strat- egies, the article shows that the hospital meal system, in the case studied, is responsible for overall levels of food waste that greatly exceed the official percentages provided by the Health Board. In addition to showing the theoretical benefits of research that accounts for the complex interrelations between differ- ent stages of the food chain, the study raises the need for a more integrated political approach that mobi- lizes all actors in the food system around a shared vision for sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
T Technology > TX Home economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Procurement; Sustainable food systems; Food waste production; Hospital food; Food catering practices in the public sector
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0306-9192
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/14090

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