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From Scarcity to Abundance : Food Waste Themes and Virtues in Agrarian and Mature Consumer Society (2020)

Uusitalo, O., & Takala, T. (2020). From Scarcity to Abundance : Food Waste Themes and Virtues in Agrarian and Mature Consumer Society. In E. Närvänen, N. Mesiranta, M. Mattila, & A. Heikkinen (Eds.), Food Waste Management : Solving the Wicked Problem (pp. 257-288). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20561-4_10

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsUusitalo, Outi; Takala, Tuomo

Parent publicationFood Waste Management : Solving the Wicked Problem

Parent publication editorsNärvänen, Elina; Mesiranta, Nina; Mattila, Malla; Heikkinen, Anna



Publication year2020

Pages range257-288

Number of pages in the book455

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65520


Uusitalo and Takala address the food waste problem as a societal phenomenon and examine ethical virtues, values linked to them and food practices in two different time periods: agrarian society (1885–1917) and mature consumer society (2008–2017), in Finland. They use data from newspapers to uncover how ethical principles can underpin understanding of the food waste phenomenon. The study shows how the virtues adopted by food chain actors guide their practices towards sustainable ways of handling excess food. While societal themes of food waste are changing, virtues and food practices are changing as well, but some deep-rooted societal virtues and values persist. The chapter concludes with recommendations of how to act out virtues in everyday food practices to control and reduce food waste.

Keywordsfood wasteethical consumerismsustainable consumptionvirtuesagrarian societyconsumer societyjournalistic writing

Free keywordsfood waste; virtue ethics, sustainable food chain; food practice

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2020

JUFO rating3

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