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Food losses and waste in primary production

Data collection in the Nordic countries

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This project has resulted in a suggested definitional and methodological framework for future food waste studies in primary production. It has also resulted in a first attempt to quantify food waste in primary production in the Nordic countries. The project was focused on primary production in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. One purpose has been to test adequate methods for collecting data on food losses and waste from primary producers in the Nordic countries. Another purpose was to estimate the amount of food losses and waste in primary production in the Nordic Countries. In order to collect data and quantify food losses and waste in primary production it was necessary to work on these definitions or possibly introduce new, more useful terms. Thus this project involved defining terms, developing methodologies and quantifying data.

 

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Amount of side flows in Nordic countries

We calculated the total amount of “side flows” in primary production in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark using the definition and system boundaries of this project. Additionally, we calculated “food waste” in primary production in the four countries using the FUSIONS definition and system boundaries (Östergren et al., 2014). The side flow and food waste estimates are based on the studies in this project and existing literature. The results are represented below (Figure 3), and the data sources and the whole calculation process are represented in this chapter.

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