Measuring food waste

We are currently undergoing a study of food waste on the campus of the University of Mary Washington. Our ultimate goal is to reduce food waste on campus and beyond. Food waste leads to food insecurity, damages the environment, and increases costs. Before we can take action to reduce food waste we need to measure the size of the problem on campus. Once we have data on the problem we can test what can be done to reduce it. Students in MKTG 417J (alleviating food waste) are in the UC collecting uneaten foods on plates to measure waste on aggregate each day. We are processing all food waste into a bucket and then weighing the entirety of what is collected in that bucket. Results of this study will then be used to inform policies directed at reducing food waste. For questions or concerns please reach out to me (Kashef Majid): kmajid@umw.edu.

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