Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Food Waste

Read the article on food waste:
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2015/09/28/food-waste-is-an-environmental-problem

Your response should we thoughtful and well-written.  It should be at least 5 sentences.  Don't forget to include your name!

What can your school do to reduce food waste?

15 comments:

  1. It's really up to the school since they control what is served in the cafeteria and who supplies the school with the food. If possible, they could purchase food from local farms, instead of serving cow meat and milk. They could serve vegetable burgers and only foods that are in season and grown in the area. By not serving cow products, we could help protect the climate. But, if we really wanted to do something, the school could create a working garden and grow their own fruits and vegetables and not waste any of it. Also, what ever is left over should be used to feed the homeless.

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  2. I believe that it is possible to reduce food waste in the schools however not it a drastic way like limiting the amount of food a student can buy. For the food that is not eaten the school can take the leftovers and donate it to the homeless or the hospitals. The food that is partially eaten, instead of being thrown out, can be composted. The school can also reduce the serving sizes of the meals so kids can more accurately predict how much food they will actually eat. If the school keeps on going without an alternative to the trash countless pounds of food will be wasted.

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  3. First of all, from a heath standpoint, Americans are already eating portion sizes that are too big. Restaurants also often serve huge portion sizes, even when their customers are eating several courses. If the government creates an Ad campaign or requires food waste to be a discussion in schools, hopefully the cafeteria would watch the amount of food waste they create and serve smaller portion sizes for those who have the ability to pay for their school lunches. Also, they could create a compost pile for the science programs out of leftover vegetables and other compostable material. They could also cut down on the amount of meat they serve, as the production of meat and raising of cattle is harmful to the environment.

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  4. To reduce food waste at our school we can start by donating the food that is not eaten by the end of the day to the homeless and any other food that is partially eaten to compost piles. Additionally the portions of food can be reduced dramatically to limit the amount of waste obtained, if students are still hungry after their first plate they can go back and get another as opposed to getting too much the first time and throwing half away. Another positive action could be to reduce the amount of meet served because there is an excessive amount of meat production which has proved harmful to the environment. Lastly purchasing foods from local farms instead of large scale operations could prove to be beneficial.

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  5. I think that it is possible to reduce the amount of waste in a school, I don't believe it will be an immediate and huge effect but it will be something. If schools were to put a serving size together for each student that they are only allowed to get a certain amount and if they want more they have to pay more. Schools should also have a compositor and they should have a garbage can that is only for compost like half eaten food not wrappers or anything to that nature. If every school in the United States were to do this then there will be more food to go around for everyone and there will also be less half eaten food as well.

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  6. In order to reduce the food waste our schools must take many steps, one those steps is that schools should use food that would otherwise go to waste. This can be done by using all aspects of a food to get the most use of it. By doing so people can still make something that is delicious. Furthermore, schools should not buy red meats and other foods that are produced by cattle. The consumption of these food greatly contribute the the rising emission of methane gas into the atmosphere. Finally two other things are schools should do are transform food that will otherwise go to waster into edible food and also use food from farmland, such as vegetables.

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  7. In order to reduce food waste the school cafeteria should serve food that is made from stuff that wold normally be thrown away. The Veggie burger could be made from the parts of the vegetables that would normally just be thrown out for example. They can order food from places that make the food in an environmentally friendly matter and recycle what doesn't get used. What doesn't get eaten should either be recycled as food for farm animals or be turned into compost and used as fertilizer in farms instead of being thrown into the garbage. The school can also be a collection point for uneaten food from homes that can be recycled instead of being thrown in the garbage.

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  8. In order to reduce food wasted, our school cafeteria is that we can take left over vegetables and use them for other foods. Another example we can use like peels from fruits and have them degrade in the soil. Another example is whatever food is un eaten can be used to be given to animals or homeless people.

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  9. It's really sad how much food America produce but so many of it's population is hungry. We can all help starting with the school, they could serve smaller lunch sizes so that there is less left over food to be thrown away. Also the school could also serve more organic food so that it is more healthier and less harmful to the environment. After reading this article I personally will not waste as much as I used to. I will start by preparing less food at dinner time so that there will not be so much left overs.

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  10. To not wast food in the cafeteria I think we should reuse the left over food to make more taste. The food that not been used up already can be used to make the other food taste better or make new food with the left overs. Also saving the leftovers will help the school with money problems. Also the environment will not suffer from the leftover food.

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  11. Its is very shameful to see how many people suffer from hunger world wide, when enough food is produce to feed everyone in it. Everyone could do a little to lessen the world wide waste problem. Our school could start by cooking smaller portions of food and by donating the left overs to charity. Also we can all help at home by composting old fruits, veggies and other grains to make fertilizers. Not only will we be wasting less food but we will be making rich, healthy soil for fresh ,fruits and veggies to grow and thrive.

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  12. It is upsetting to see how much food we waste, especially when malnutrition is such a serious issue. At lunch, sometimes people simply throw out food that they don't like, which is extremely wasteful. In order to reduce the amount of food we waste, we could donate the food that is left over to those who are in need. In addition, the school should create a system of ordering food. In the beginning of the day, they should take orders of what students will eat and how much (small, medium, large portions). This could reduce the amount of left overs, since people would only eat how much they ordered.

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  13. The first objective should be to minimize food purchase. Schools should decrease the budget. So, naturally, if you buy less, you will serve less. The next objective should be to make usable leftovers into meals. And try to use one ingredient for more than one meal, that should decrease food waste significantly.
    Micah Jordan

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  14. American schools waste tons of food each year and this is awful considering all the hungry people in the world. One thing that the schools could do is to use left over ingredients to make other meals for people in need considering their is enough food left over to make entire other meals. Another thing we can do is to lower the portion sizes so if people want more they will go up and get instead of going up once and getting to much.
    Tristan Cort

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