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Managing food waste in the United States: a proposed public-private governance and sustainability model

Thomas A. Hemphill (School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, USA)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 14 June 2022

Issue publication date: 10 January 2023




Using the policy recommendations identified in the study as an analytical departure point, the study proposes a “public-private governance and sustainability model” that builds upon the policy options and develops implementation strategies for the key stakeholder institutions implementing the proposed solutions in the US food waste management ecosystem.


Within an exploratory research perspective, an affinity diagram is employed to help identify important policy recommendations identified with key policy reports. Moreover, the study employs a “meta regulation” approach that employs four essential characteristics of any regulatory instrument or approach: target, regulator, command and consequences.


The study has identified the recommended solutions identified as most effective, and developed recommended implementation strategies that could accomplish the goal of potentially reducing food waste in the US at the consumer level. The study recommends passage of federal legislation that specifies what form of administrative rule-making and enforcement process should be instituted, as well as who are the important stakeholders to be considered and authority provided in this rule-making and enforcement process.


This study offers a comprehensive “proposed public-private governance and sustainability model” addressing food waste management safety and quality date labeling implementation challenges by the enforcing federal, state and local governments, as well as collaborating with industry associations and consumer interest groups.



Hemphill, T.A. (2023), "Managing food waste in the United States: a proposed public-private governance and sustainability model", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 67-88.



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