Success of FIR researchers: report on food waste dominates the media
Recently, researchers from the Faculty of International Relations have been involved in research in collaboration with Mendel University in Brno and the Save the Food organisation. Veronika Mokrejšová, in a team with Alena Filipova and Jiří Zeman from the Department of International Business at the Faculty of International Business of Prague University of Economics and Business, found from available data that Czech households throw away on average over 50 kilograms of food per member per year. Converted into money, this means that a family with two children could save up to CZK 14,000 if it reassessed its consumption behaviour.
At a time when many households may be struggling financially, it is not surprising that the results of the survey have caught the attention of media across the Czech Republic. But food waste is far from just a question of money. Is exceeding the recommended use-by date really a reason to throw food away? Which consumer goods are most often the victims of waste, and how was the research conducted? Read the full article about what the FIR researchers found on our website!
Shortly after the results were published, the statistics and the high numbers of unconsumed food went viral in the news, internet articles and TV broadcasts. Dr. Mokrejšová also made a personal appearance in the main news on 10 February 2023 on Prima (minute 4:20) and a day later on CT24 (about minute 30). – Czech language only.
Ing. Veronika Mokrejšová, Ph.D.
When people see that a food has passed its expiry date, they throw it away, even though there is no food safety reason to do so.
Shells, bones and other things that are inedible have already been subtracted from the 53 kilograms (during the research). So it is purely a matter of the weight of food that might still be actually edible.
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