Research on Society, food waste, the urban built environment & embedded practices

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin


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Speaker: Nathalie Jean Baptiste


People and Food Waste: The practice of everyday life


Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Conference Date: April 1st- 2nd 2009

  1. Do you notice a connection between what you do and what you eat?

  2. what type of food defines you?

  3. how do you manage your food waste? 

All over the world, people are changing the way they deal with their waste. Find out your food waste habit, keep a food diary for 7 days >>>>>>> read more

The biological need we have for food makes food waste an essential part of who we are. Studies have shown that food waste constitutes a large part of  the composition of domestic waste. The type of food excess produced in most households however, remains generally unknown. We also know little about the volume of uncooked products, meat scraps, fruits, grains and vegetables discarded in our kitchen bin.

If the goal is to avoid the disposal of organic waste in our landfills. It is necessary to have a deeper look at the type of organic waste we throw away and how it is related with the practice of our daily activities.

By quantifying food waste and understanding the socio-cultural context in which it is produced, a number of strategic plans can be implemented to effectively  diverge organic waste in our landfills.

Carbon footprint & food

Make your food miles list >>>> request a sample to

One step towards living a more sustainable life is to recognize the energy costs behind our lifestyle and domestic habits.

Here’s a simple tool to estimate your food miles impact:

1st. Quickly scan through your fridge and cupboard. Make a list of the countries in which your food was produced.

2nd. Add another column with the number of food items you have for each country.

3rd. Write down how often you buy each of those items.

Pilot Study >>>>>>>> read more


start - December 08

end -  May 09


- semi-structured interview

- questionnaire

- food diary

- spring scale test




- to test the validity of the instruments and overall effectiveness of  the data collection ensemble.

- to find out about the ability for participants to conduct research themselves & commitment level

Consider this:

The further the country, the more food miles your food has. This means that more energy (fuel & electricity) was used to make this food available to you. This translates into more CO₂ emissions in the atmosphere causing global warming and other environmental consequences.

Think global... buy local