Pictures and Perceptions of Household Food Waste

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Fraser, Carly
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Food waste in Canada is estimated to amount to $31 billion, with approximately half of this wastage occurring in households (Gooch & Felfel, 2014). The desire for food waste reduction has become more pronounced in Canadian policy arenas. As such, it is important to gain primary knowledge of the dynamics within the household, in order to contribute to theory-building in the emerging field of food waste studies. This research uses adapted photovoice interviews with 22 households in Guelph to give insight into moments of transition between food and waste from the perspectives of households. The study documents these moments of transition between food and waste; explores relationships between food and wasting behaviours in the household; and makes connections between household food waste and systemic and institutional forces. This study suggests that more creative and effective solutions to the food waste problem will emerge from rethinking household food waste generation.

Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
What we know, Guelph, Guelph Wellington, food waste, food waste reduction, food and waste studies, photovoice, household food waste