Urban Food Actions Platform

Wasted Infrastructures: Urbanization, Distancing and Food Waste in Bogor, Indonesia

Author: Soma, Tamarra
Publisher:Alexandrine Press
2017

Applying the conceptual frameworks of 'food distancing' (Clapp, 2012) and 'waste distancing' (Clapp, 2002), this paper investigates the issues of food consumption and food waste in urban Indonesia. The paper argues that the 'distancing' of food production via long-distance modern supply chains is connected to the growing issue of food waste in rapidly urbanizing areas. Another impact of distancing in Bogor, Indonesia is the environmental impact of modern food packaging in comparison to traditional food packaging. The paper concludes by emphasizing that rapid urbanization enables distancing and produces an unjust system whereby the impact of food waste and its associated packaging is distanced from those who are privileged and brought nearer to those who are marginalized.

Organization: Academia/ University
Region: Asia and the Pacific
Coverage: Indonesia
Areas of focus: Food loss and waste
Tags: Food security and nutrition, Recycling & recovering, Reuse and redistribution, Value chain