publication . Article . 2016

The Hidden Burden of Food Waste: The Double Energy Waste in Italy

Matteo Vittuari; Marco Pagani; Marco Pagani; Marco Pagani; Fabio De Menna; Fabio De Menna; Fabio De Menna;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2016 Journal: Energies, volume 9, issue 8 (issn: 1996-1073, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
The energy intensity of modern food systems represents a major issue in a scenario of decreasing oil resources and increasing population. Beside the use of renewable energy, an increased efficiency in food systems could contribute to reduce fossil fuels dependence. In this sense, food losses and waste (FLW) have crucial consequences on the energy balance. Based on the concept of “embodied energy”, food wastage can be framed as a double waste of energy, both in terms of non-consumed food energy and the inputs used for production. Secondary data regarding direct and indirect energy inputs and FLW have been collected for the Italian food chain to estimate the embod...
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free text keywords: food waste, energy waste, sustainable food systems, Italy, General Computer Science, lcsh:Technology, lcsh:T, Food security, Natural resource economics, Waste management, Energy intensity, Food systems, Engineering, business.industry, business, Food processing, Food energy, Embodied energy, Cleaner production
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