The book presents an analysis framework for the food waste problem, which includes economic, environmental, social, political and regulatory dimensions. Also included in the book are, mapping methods for measuring food consumption impacts, supply chain models for testing consumption scenarios, and emerging technology and possibilites for food waste valorization.
Valentina is first author of chapter 15 about grassroots innovations for tackling the food waste challenge. The chapter investigates how grassroots movements act and how effective they are in catalysing innovation in the food waste field, as well as studies the roles grassroots innovations can play in the transition towards a more sustainable waste regime.
Waste and other residual materials from industries and households are of increasing value in today’s economy. Substances that have long represented a cost to the economy are now becoming a valuable resource. Exploiting the full potential of these resources requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.