Sara-June Boullion – Environmental Columnist
Last Wednesday SUNY Oneonta environmental science majors, Sarah Vitro and Deanna Caracciolo dedicated their time to putting on a waste demonstration in Mills dining hall. The purpose of this was to show students how much food is being wasted every hour. By the end of two hours, 105 pounds of waste had been collected. Most of the waste was comprised of whole portions of food. For the cooks and chefs preparing the food, this might show them that their time and efforts are un-appreciated. A majority of the waste was meat. Meat is a food source that takes incredible amounts of water and fossil fuel consumption to produce. Seeing it wasted in large amounts is therefore incredibly saddening. Animals suffered through terrifying conditions, mistreatment and horrible deaths only to make it into the wasted food barrel. Life is precious in all its forms! Proactive action should be taken to prevent large food waste. The main question that this demonstration attacks is, what can students do to eliminate large amounts of this waste? Sodexo is willing to work with us students and dining hall eaters by presenting food in portions that we need, in other words, that are not over excessive. This does not mean you should be afraid to ask for the portion that is best for you. Students can also pressure Sodexo to limit the amounts of food prepared for our campus. This waste demonstration was meant to show that food is a luxury. Many go without, and the amounts of waste is seen by many as disrespectful and insulting. Limiting the food waste also ensures that plant and animal life are valued more. Let’s make a difference for tomorrow and waste far less food!