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Schneider, Mindi

Schneider, Mindi

Individual Fellow

Food, Waste, and Value in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective

Why is there food waste in a food insecure world? Who manages and governs food waste in national and global food systems? What are the social and ecological implications of food waste? What are the leading innovations for turning waste into new value? How can we institute these alternatives in a just and equitable way?

Project Description

This is a study of the production, transformations, and struggles against food waste in the global food system. It examines how and by whom food waste is managed in the following sectors: maize and green beans in Kenya, insect protein and dairy in the Netherlands, and pork and rice in China. These six case studies reveal national-level practices, politics, and innovations, as well as cross-national and cross-sectoral linkages. The project tries to understand how and why food waste is a current and growing problem, who benefits and who loses from food waste, how policies are addressing (or not) food waste issues, and what are the most promising and innovative food waste alternatives. It contributes to scholarly debates and to public knowledge on the topic.

Selected Publications

2018    Alexander F. Day & Mindi Schneider. The End of Alternatives? Capitalist Transformation, Rural Activism, and the Politics of Possibility in Contemporary China. Journal of Peasant Studies https://doi-org.eur.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/03066150.2017.1386179.​

2017    Schneider, Mindi. Wasting the Rural: Meat, Manure and the Politics of Agroindustrialization in Contemporary China. Geoforum 78(1): 89-97.

2017    Schneider, Mindi. Dragon Head Enterprises and the State of Agribusiness in China. Journal of Agrarian Change 17(1): 3-21.




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