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6. Distributed Agency in Food Waste—A Focus on Non-human Actors in Retail Setting

Authors : Lotta Alhonnoro, Hanna Leipämaa-Leskinen, Henna Syrjälä

Published in: Food Waste Management

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Alhonnoro, Leipämaa-Leskinen, and Syrjälä analyse distributed agency in food waste, focusing on how non-human actors participate in production and/or reduction of food waste in retailing. Adopting the Actor-Network Theory, they follow how bread may—or may not—turn to waste. They zoom in on the interactions of three particular sets of non-human actors—bread and its package, natural-temporal actors, and techno-material actors—with other human and non-human actors in the food waste network. The chapter outlines practical implications and suggestions for food waste reduction by showing how food waste in retailing is not merely a human-led process that can be solved at the aggregate level, but a dispersed and complex issue needing analysis of the operational reality in the store environment.

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Metadata
Title
Distributed Agency in Food Waste—A Focus on Non-human Actors in Retail Setting
Authors
Lotta Alhonnoro
Hanna Leipämaa-Leskinen
Henna Syrjälä
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20561-4_6

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