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Food waste and social acceptance of a circular bioeconomy: the role of stakeholders

Updated on 18.11.2022

To improve social acceptability, the circular bioeconomy must use residual bio-based feedstock and food waste to reduce dependency on crops and competition with agriculture/food markets. Successful experiences involved stakeholders with different behaviours, values, and backgrounds that inform citizens and civil society organisations (CSOs) and improve the feedstock availability through better coordination.

Author: Piergiuseppe Morone, Enrica Imbert
Year of publication: 2021

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

One Circular Systemic Solution is to use food waste as feedstock in the circular bioeconomy, but this presents barriers, especially socio-cultural. Public authorities and CSOs can raise awareness among communities and consumers, while consultations with producer associations and CSOs can improve regulation to address market barriers.


Awareness and acceptance


Food (chain/systems)

CEAP2 key product value chain

Waste management

Social community


including bio-based economy