I don't have a food waste problem, What is not eaten by my family goes to
my chickens and pigs who then return to eggs and meat for my family. nothing
goes to waste.
This made me think of the obesity epidemic. Good idea: Buy only just enough
food. That way you won't eat it all and be fat or throw it away and be
wasteful that way. But that does bring the question: which is better? Personally
I think that wasting food pales in comparison to the overwhelming numbers of fat
people, but that's just me.
Most of the food waste I see comes from potlucks at work, church, or
wherever...there's always way too much food and most of it ends up in the
garbage. This is my pet peeve about potlucks: People just don't understand
how much food they need to bring.Let's say you're having a
potluck with 20 people. Everybody thinks they have to bring enough food for 20
people. So all 20 people do that and what you end up with is 20x20=400 servings
of food. But there's only 20 servings necessary for the whole
group...that's why so much ends up getting thrown away.What
everyone needs to understand is that each potluck attendee only needs to bring 1
person's worth of food. If everybody does that, there should be exactly
enough to go around. Then you can leave that dump truck full of crock pot
meatballs at home.
They wasted a whole pie just in that picture alone.
"TOO" of Sanpete, UT says, "They wasted a whole pie just in that
picture alone."I assure you, no food was wasted in the making of
this article.The very idea that I would waste pie! Ha! I've
been waiting for about a year to have an opportunity to make a real pie
chart.Two pies were used in attempting to create the pie chart --
one chocolate cream and one cherry. Lion House donated the freshly baked pies. A
clean bag was put in the garbage can and the 1/4 piece of pie was dropped into
it onto a clean paper plate at the bottom of the can. The landing was perfect
and the slice was intact. The photographer enjoyed it as his reward. The rest of
the pies was shared among Deseret News staff who were lucky (or smart) enough to
wander by the lunch room during the photo shoot.Similar photographs
were also taken of the Chocolate Cream pie as well. Both pies were excellent.Look to future stories I do for graphs made out of piles of chocolate
and other tasty treats. ;-)
Michael De GrooteAs long as you share with me, use all the food you
The problem is human beings are hungry. Food meant for people should go to
people. It really is about being gluttonous when shopping. Kristine
Brave sir robin mentioned pot luck. We purchase grapes and break them into
small clusters for our donation. It has been the most popular item at our pot
lucks. Also, baby carrots are easy to take. Then, if there are lefotovers, I
take them home, rewash them and store them in the fridge so we can continue to
enjoy them. The grapes work for a side dish or dessert. Smoked salmon is great
for the main dish.
Costs more to feed the chickens and pigs people food. It costs more
to make compost out of grocery store produce.
Supermarkets sell in large quantities. You sometimes can't buy
a small amount - especially in produce.
Food wasted at pot luck dinners? What, are you guys crazy? I have never seen
leftover food thrown out! If someone brought food in their own dish and it did
not get fully consumed, THEY take home their own bowl and leftovers. If the
food is purchased or in a disposable container or some other reason that there
is no more "ownership" to it, it is taken home by someone else! (the
only waste observed is people who pile on ten servings on a paper plate and
don't finish it; I usually only sample a few things and go back for
seconds to ensure everybody gets some of everything)I have six
children, whom I have taught to care for the facility (church, park, etc.)
wherever the dinner is being served. Therefore, our family helps clean up
afterwards. Aside from the extra service and conversation this provides, we
always take home some of the leftovers. No waste! We have occasionally taken
home more than we brought in the first place, though that's usually when
the ward or auxiliary brought the food and there truly was an over-projection.
I get upset when we throw out so many fresh veggies. The problem is
that when we purchase vegetables, at the time, we think, "I'm gonna be
healthy." Then when it comes to eating it... well... there's always
something else that's more appetizing. So the big bag of salad,
or the cucumber, or those bell peppers, tomatoes, etc, go half-eaten and get
thrown out. And the stuff doesn't last that long in your fridge, regardless
of where you put it. I like the idea of keeping track of the waste,
however. I should do that.