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Campus Education Programs Alone Won’t Cut Waste At All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

April 8, 2019: 12:00 AM EST

According to a University of Illinois study, diners at all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants or university dining halls have little incentive to pile less food on their plate. The result? They tend to overindulge, but don’t necessarily consume all that they heap on their plates, and a lot of food is wasted. A food waste-reduction campaign might serve as a low-cost way to extol moderation at the buffet line. Unfortunately, however, such campaigns don’t seem to work. Consumer economist Brenna Ellison suggests that for greater waste reduction, education campaigns should be combined with environmental changes such as removing the flat-fee pricing structure or pre-portioning food items.[Image Credit: © University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Phil Ciciora, "Study: Impact of Food Waste Campaigns Muted, But Point Toward Right Direction", Phys.org, April 08, 2019, via University of Illinois System-Urbana-Champaign , © Phys.org
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