WIT Press


HOW DO UPBRINGING AND EXPERIENCES AFFECT JAPANESE STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES ON FOOD WASTE?

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WM180291

Volume

231

Pages

17

Page Range

309 - 325

Published

2019

Author(s)

TOMOKO OKAYAMA, KOHEI WATANABE

Abstract

A questionnaire survey was conducted to Japanese university students, on their part-time job experience with food establishments, current and past experience and habits relating to food, and their opinions on food waste. Survey results indicate that instructions at home had the strongest influence in building up students’ attitudes against wasting food at various settings. Instructions at school lunches and taking environmental courses in university contributed to a lesser degree. On the other hand, experience in a food-related job made students more positive about current practice on wasting food. Analysis results also indicated a connection between concerns on “best before” dates and support on the current practice of wastage.

Keywords

food waste, questionnaire survey, Japanese students, formation of attitudes, education