Food Waste, Food Surplus and Food Loss
We seek to understand how waste, loss and surplus arise across all points in the food supply chain, from farm to fork.
Our research is global in scope, addressing issues of food loss and waste in the UK and abroad. Through partnerships with governments, independent organisation and other research institutions, SheFF will provide impactful solutions to reduce food losses and waste in households and along production and supply chains.
Loss, surplus and waste
The transformation of seeds into edible food and food into waste are contentious moments. We will investigate the separation and transformation of food products from edible food to waste. Our approach allows insight into where it is best to prevent and reduce waste in a product’s life cycle (and in the overall supply chain), and how to best divert and treat ‘waste’ and excess; transforming wasted goods or by-products into useful and valued products Examples include:
- Using insects to process food waste, the insects are then converted into bio-oil, protein, and plastics
- Using spent coffee grounds as compost for urban mushroom production
- Adapting anaerobic digestion to take household and rice crop waste in India for village energy generation
- Understanding how waste, loss and surplus is communicated about by different groups.
Hunger, surplus and waste
While there is increasing awareness of the persistence of hunger globally, until recently hunger in wealthy nations has remained an unseen problem. Concurrently, the issue of food waste has become a visible problem in the Global North as well as in the Global South. This theme investigates relationships around hunger, food skills and food redistribution. Examples include:
- Investigating the values, affordances and capabilities that shape food use in the surplus food supply chain
- The evolution of contemporary UK food skills and food relationships, the impacts of changing skills and food relationships.
The household, the organisation and solutions
We have a wealth of expertise, with multiple researchers utilising multiple theoretical tools to unpack the workings of households and third sector and commercial organisations, and offer solutions based on these theories. Examples include:
- The everyday practices that lead to household waste
- The nexus of domestic practices that contribute to wasted food, energy and water resources.