Term

Summer 7-27-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Rachel Endo

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Carolyn Collopy

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Madalyn Cioci

Abstract

Food waste is a significant problem with environmental, economic, social and ethical consequences. Wasting food wastes energy, water, fuel, and land that go into producing, packaging, and transporting food. Additionally, the agriculture-related release of pesticides and greenhouse gases into the air, soil and water makes wasting food an environmental hazard. As much as 40 percent of U.S. food produced for human consumption, which is more than 20 pounds per person per month valued at $165 billion annually, goes uneaten. Worldwide, onethird of food is wasted while the population continues to grow. There are many reasons why Americans throw away food in their households, making it challenging to change this behavior. But there are campaigns that are having success addressing the issue. The author’s contribution to that effort is educational toolkit activities that focus on raising people’s self-awareness with the goal of reducing household food waste.

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