Few days ago, I was visiting one of my friend’s house and we were about to have lunch. There were numerous dishes and items to eat, enough to feed our entire class. They prepared a humongous lunch for mere 10 people or so. After we were done eating, there was so much of food left. The very next day, they had to trash the food because some of it was going bad. Yet, they again prepared a really big meal the following day. Although they did accept that they feel bad trashing it away, but who else could eat if their family couldn’t finish it. I was very upset and surprised thinking that if they know that there aren’t as many people to eat, then why would you cook so much.
I see similar cases on campus, usually at events, when people trash a good amount of clean (almost packed) food once the event ends. I am sure many of you have witnessed such cases as well, probably at buffets or gatherings. We all know the solutions to this problem, but do we apply those solutions every time we see food getting wasted?
I’d be lying if I say I don’t waste food at all; however, I do always look for other options than trashing my food in the bin. Often times my friends would make a comment about me being too nagging on not wasting food, but it doesn’t stop me from stopping them from wasting their food. I suggest them to either give it to someone else or take it in a box home if not for yourself than your siblings/roommates. I also hear people saying that it doesn’t look good taking food back in a box if you’re in a posh/fancy restaurant. I do not think wasting food elevates your status as well. Really think about it, how many other resources (money, transportation, time, food, poverty, etc.) you can save by just saving your remaining lunch for your dinner.