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The effects of food waste on wildlife and humans

Newsome, Thomas M and van Eeden, Lily M 2017, The effects of food waste on wildlife and humans, Sustainability, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.3390/su9071269.

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Title The effects of food waste on wildlife and humans
Author(s) Newsome, Thomas MORCID iD for Newsome, Thomas M orcid.org/0000-0003-3457-3256
van Eeden, Lily M
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 9
Issue number 7
Article ID 1269
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-07
ISSN 2071-1050
Keyword(s) Conservation
Food waste
Human-wildlife conflict
Predator
Summary A reduction in the loss and waste of human food is a global issue for addressing poverty and hunger in poorer nations, and for reducing the environmental footprint of the agriculture sector. An emerging issue, however, is that food wasted by humans is often accessible to wildlife, affecting wildlife ecology and behaviour, as well as ecological processes and community dynamics. Here we highlight the extent of such impacts, drawing on examples from mammalian predators and other taxonomic groups. We then develop two conceptual models. The first shows how wildlife access to food waste can exacerbate human-wildlife conflicts. The second highlights that when food waste is removed, the effects on wildlife and ecosystem processes should be monitored. The conceptual models are important when considering that large quantities of food waste are intentionally and unintentionally provided to wildlife around the world. We conclude there is an urgent need to change the way people currently manage the food we produce.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su9071269
Field of Research 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)
050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
12 Built Environment And Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102379

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