The food money pit: How food waste costs thousands and how to stop it

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    June 12, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    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.

  • crunchem Cedar City, Utah
    June 11, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    June 8, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    Supermarkets sell in large quantities.

    You sometimes can't buy a small amount - especially in produce.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    June 7, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Costs more to feed the chickens and pigs people food.

    It costs more to make compost out of grocery store produce.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    June 6, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    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.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    June 6, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    The problem is human beings are hungry. Food meant for people should go to people. It really is about being gluttonous when shopping.


  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    June 5, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Michael De Groote

    As long as you share with me, use all the food you want.

  • Michael De Groote
    June 5, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    "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. ;-)

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    June 5, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    They wasted a whole pie just in that picture alone.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    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.

  • ThoughtfulTeen Salem, UT
    June 5, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    June 5, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    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.