Data for: Surely you don't eat parsnip skins? Categorising the edibility of food waste

Published: 15-05-2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/rynhc7p97y.1
Thomas Quested


The dataset is connect to a study that presents a novel methodology to categorise food waste into food (edible parts) and its associated inedible parts, accounting for cultural differences. The methodology section describes how a survey was used to obtain information on whether people eat certain parts of food and, irrespective of if they eat those parts, whether they consider them edible. The method allows existing food-waste definitions that require a split between edible parts (wasted food) and associated inedible parts to be put into practice in a transparent and reproducible way. The questionnaire was distributed by an on-line polling company (Populus) using an on-line poll between 20th and 22nd September 2017. The sample of 1,092 adults was a nationally representative sample of adults in the UK. Quotas on age, gender and region were set. Targets for quotas and weights were taken from the 2012 National Readership Survey, a random probability face-to-face survey conducted annually with 34,000 adults. The data were weighted by Populus to the known profile of the UK using age, gender, and government office region, social grade, taken a foreign holiday in the last 3 years, tenure, number of cars in the household and working status.