Why do people waste food?
Maybe it is because I am part of a frugal family and throwing out food was throwing out money, but I rarely toss the edibles. I go to a restaurant, eat what I can, and take the rest as leftovers. Sometimes the remains feed me for multiple home meals.
When I go to the grocery store, I buy for the week and do not come back until the fridge is practically empty. What if I want a different kind of cereal? Well, I have to clear the cabinets before I stash them again.
Coconut milk is best used within seven to 10 days after opening. Now, I am not sure how long after that before the milk goes bad, but I make sure I have enough uses for it so I can complete the jug in the allotted time.
Once in a while an item in the back of a refrigerator door. That is usually a vegetable because if I am not eating as much meat as I intended, then I can put that in the freezer. If I struggle to finish an item before it goes bad, I do not buy it again in the near future–I have to REALLY crave it and know I will finish it before I purchase it.
Tomato sauce has mold growing on top? Scoop it out–the rest is still good.
So sometimes I have to escape the frugal life and look at what the “average person” does. By average, I mean the people that media focuses on, which may or may not be average for all the circumstances they are pinned for.
The “average” American should eat one less burger a week than he or she normally would. I have heard this statement in a handful of documentaries and news segments. This implies that not only does the “average” American eat a burger every week, but MORE than one burger every week.
I will not judge that right now, especially since the rare occasion I eat out it is for bakery goods or the burger’s rival, the pizza.
If you want to see how much food the “average” American, who is a composite hypothetical being representing over 300 million different real individuals, wastes, check out this amusing video from MinuteEarth.