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Energiebeslag van de huishoudelijke voedselverzorging: een empirische analyse van activiteiten en voedselpatronen
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ECN Policy Studies 1995
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-I--95-010 ECN publication
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This study is one in a series of studies investigating the influence oflifestyle on energy consumption. Functional activities aimed at the preparation of food and meals in Dutch private households are analyzed regarding their direct and indirect energy consumption level. These activities comprise shopping; storing in refrigerators and freezers; cooking; washing up; including foods; materials and appliances. Calculated is the average energy consumption per Dutch household. Indirect energy needed by agricultural and industrial food processing counts for 64% of the total energy consumption for food consumption in a Dutch household. Index numbers are used to indicate energetically different food patterns. I Results show that food patterns in 10 types of households differ mainly in specific types of household (singles < 36 years; couples > 60 years; one parent families) and on specific food categories such as meat products; vegetables; sugar containing products and outdoor dinners/take away foods. For couples and families up to 60 years socio/cultural/economic factors are likely to be more variable and therefore no specific food patterns are visible in these households. Regression analyses in the sample containing all types of households indicate that specific life style factors such as education influence food patterns only marginally. These results shows that care is needed by the classification of types of households in order to obtain a good view on life style factors which influence energy consumption. 7 figs., 12 tabs., 8 appendices, 60 refs.

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