Less Food Wasted? Changes to New Zealanders’ Household Food Waste and Related Behaviours Due to the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

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dc.contributor.author Sharp, Emma L
dc.contributor.author Haszard, Jillian
dc.contributor.author Egli, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Roy, Rajshri
dc.contributor.author Te Morenga, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Teunissen, Lauranna
dc.contributor.author Decorte, Paulien
dc.contributor.author Cuykx, Isabelle
dc.contributor.author De Backer, Charlotte
dc.contributor.author Gerritsen, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-21T21:45:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-21T21:45:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-9-7
dc.identifier.citation Sustainability 13(18):10006 07 Sep 2021
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/57512
dc.description.abstract <jats:p>Food waste is a crisis of our time, yet it remains a data gap in Aotearoa New Zealand’s (NZ’s) environmental reporting. This research contributes to threshold values on NZ’s food waste and seeks to understand the impact of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown on household food waste in NZ. The data presented here form part of the ‘Covid Kai Survey’, an online questionnaire that assessed cooking and food planning behaviours during the 2020 lockdown and retrospectively before lockdown. Of the 3028 respondents, 62.5% threw out food ‘never’/‘rarely’ before lockdown, and this number increased to 79.0% during lockdown. Participants who wasted food less frequently during lockdown were more likely to be older, work less than full-time, and have no children. During lockdown, 30% and 29% of those who ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ struggled to have money for food threw out food ‘sometimes or more’; compared with 20% of those who rarely struggled to have money for food (p &lt; 0.001). We found that lower levels of food waste correlated with higher levels of cooking confidence (p &lt; 0.001), perceived time (p &lt; 0.001), and meal planning behaviours (p &lt; 0.001). Understanding why food waste was generally considerably lower during lockdown may inform future initiatives to reduce food waste, considering socio-economic and demographic disparities.</jats:p>
dc.language en
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject 12 Built Environment and Design
dc.title Less Food Wasted? Changes to New Zealanders’ Household Food Waste and Related Behaviours Due to the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su131810006
pubs.issue 18
pubs.begin-page 10006
pubs.volume 13
dc.date.updated 2021-10-06T02:39:53Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 865890
dc.identifier.eissn 2071-1050
pubs.online-publication-date 2021-9-7

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