By Monica Everett
Earlier this year, reseachers at the University of Texas at Austin released a food waste study
A report on the study noted that in 2007, U.S. food waste amounted to the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil.
That estimate is conservative based on the amount of food Americans wasted in 1995: 27 percent
Jonathon Bloom, author of the blog Wasted Food, says the amount of food we waste is closer to 40%
So what can you do?
Only take what you need and know you will eat, whether it be from the grocery store, the farmers market, or the dining halls. Try planning meals ahead of time, and foregoing a tray if you eat on campus.
Compost your food waste. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not smelly (as long as you take care of your worms and their tasty treats.) Find out how
Spread the word and take action. Gleaning fields reduces food waste and provides meals to the hungry. The Society of St. Andrew has gleaned about 8.7 million pounds of food–mostly potatoes–in Missouri. There is an active gleaning group in Columbia.