Powerful supermarkets push the cost of food waste onto suppliers, charities

Richards, Carol & Devin, Bree (2016) Powerful supermarkets push the cost of food waste onto suppliers, charities. The Conversation, February(29).

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Abstract

At a time when one billion people globally experience hunger, as much as 50% of all food produced - up to two billion metric tonnes - is thrown away every year. In Australia alone, as much as 44 million tonnes of food is wasted annually. Last year, French supermarket chain Intermarché launched a highly successful campaign encouraging consumers to purchase “ugly” food. This year, France became the first country in the world to implement laws cracking down on food waste, with new legislation banning supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Under this new legislation, supermarkets are required to donate any unsold food to charities or for animal feed. While there is no law in Australia requiring supermarkets to donate any unsold food, both Coles and Woolworths have aligned with food rescue organisations to donate unsold or “surplus” food. This surplus food is distributed amongst those experiencing poverty and food insecurity and is done voluntarily by the supermarkets under the banner of corporate social responsibility. But our research into the issue of corporate social responsibility and wastage of fresh fruit and vegetables has identified a number of tensions and contradictions, despite leading Australian supermarkets’ zero food waste targets.

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ID Code: 97922
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Supermarkets, Food Waste, Suppliers, Charities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Conversation Media Group
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2016 00:01
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2016 22:59

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