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FACTORS AFFECTING BREAD WASTAGE BY HOUSEHOLDS IN KAHRAMANMARAS PROVINCE
Bread play an important role in human diet by providing many nutrients, such as dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Bread, such an important nutrient, is among the most wasted foods. In Turkey, 2.1 billion of bread is wasted and financial value of this is 500 billion US$. To find out the factors that affect the bread wastage by consumers in the Kahramanmaraş province of Turkey. Main material of this study is the survey data obtained from the questionnaires that were performed face-to-face with 384 consumers in 2013. Binomial Logit Model is used to estimate the factors affecting the bread wastage. Consumers would buy average 2,38 loaves of bread per day, and surplus 10% of it. They would transform some part (71%) of the surplus bread into new products, and throw the remaining part (29%) away into waste, or give as animal feed to relevant people. According to results, gender, education, being housewife, bread consumption amount, preparing pastry, pie in the house was found statistically significant. 4 kg of concentrate feed can be bought at the price of 1 kg bread, and in the case that the bread produced as human food is used as animal feed, then flour and the labour, costs and time spend during production of bread are also wasted. Seminars should be held regarding the methods for storing bread and recovering the staled bread, and the contributions to economy that is provided by not wasting bread.

Keywords
Waste, bread, household, binomial logit, Kahramanmaras.


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