The Governance of Urban Food Waste in the Dayton Region: Lessons Learned from Select Cities

APA Ohio Miami Valley Section


Friday, December 2, 2016
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EST

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Food waste has emerged as a critical issue in many of the world’s cities. While some locales have developed some food reduction strategies, many cities have left food waste reduction to the market, non-governmental institutions, or individual actors. This ad hoc approach to urban food waste management has led to the perpetuation of food waste in many contexts as local institutions are often unable to overcome the quantity and structural limitations of food waste production. This has resulted in uneven food waste, lack of accountability, and inadequate data to understand the food waste crisis. Moreover, food waste continues to be conceptualized as the sum of individual choices in many cities, even though food waste is created from production to consumption in the food system.

To this end, this session explores the range of urban food waste reduction strategies employed in select cities in the U.S. and across the world. Building on these case studies, this session examines the governance of urban food waste locally and possibilities for food waste reduction strategies in the Dayton region.




Daniel Warshawsky

Daniel N. Warshawsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography at Wright State University where he teaches courses in geography and conducts his research on urban food systems. Daniel earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003), M.S. from the ... Read More

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