A recent study on university dining halls has shown that food choices determine how much food is wasted at these institutions. While many studies have been conducted on food wastage inside domestic homes, not much has been done until now on big institutions where many people eat together, like universities for instance.
The study found that there were three factors that contributed to whether food was wasted and how much of it.
The first factor is how much food the person dishes out onto their plate in the first place. This can be determined either by a server or by the person who intends on eating the food.
The second factor is whether or not the person is happy with their meal. And the third factor is whether they regularly eat at their university dining hall.
This last factor is important because it shows whether the person is familiar with the menu and has realistic expectations when they take their food.
Oddly enough, it was found that the type of food wasn’t as important as the above-mentioned factors when it came to food wastage. However, whether the food was dished up by the person eating or a server did make a difference on the type of food that ended up on the plate.
Food wastage is a big issue in today’s world and it’s important that we find ways to stop this. For example, in domestic homes, many people make use of meal delivery services to ensure that they don’t waste food.
Though, what would be the solution at institutions like universities?