The examination of food waste behaviour in Hungarian households

Csaba Borbély, Rebeka Gőbel


Our current existence on the Earth raises a number of contradictions such as our relation to food. According to the FAO, a third of the food
produced does not reach consumers; according to calculations by the World Resources Institute, even if we reduced losses by a quarter,
795 million people would have enough food to feed. This controversial situation gives topicality to the topic, which will only grow as the Earth’s
population grows by about 80 million people a year and our resources for nourishment are finite. In our research we focused on households
within the topic area of food waste generated in the supply chain. This focus of research is considered a difficult one because results could be
found only with data logging and this method has several limitations which could distort the results. In our research, 20 households in Kaposvár
were asked to log the amount of their food waste for 14 days. We set up five hypotheses before our research.

food waste and loss, Hungary, household

Csaba Borbély, Hungarian Agriculture and Live Scientists University, Kaposvár Campus, e-mail:

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