Food is something that plays a major role in every culture. Aside from being a means for survival for the most part, it is something that is universal yet culturally different. Through cultural diffusion, different cultures are able to experience the delectables of other cultures and that is something great to experience. Food brings about happiness and serves a sense of community.
Now, when that is compromised that leads to complications. When a person is eating, they always want to feel happy and feel that sense of community but that is not necessarily the case depending on the environment. In our cafeteria at Manhattanville College, one of the main concerns arising, is that the food environment here at Manhattanville is not up to par.
Prior to conducting our research, one of the things that stuck to us about the cafeteria aside from the unhappiness of the people, was the waste management. Waste management is a really big issue that may sometimes be handled incorrectly. Often times, students get massive amounts of food and put it on their plates. When it comes to their finishing, it turns out that they did not even touch half of what was put on their plate. Regardless, they take their plate to the conveyor belt so the food can await its arrival to the trash. Not liking the food is one thing, but getting the food and not even touching it and throwing it out is another. Waste management is something that students and people everywhere need to be more self conscious about because the amount of food that gets wasted in our cafeteria is very evident without the conduction of research.
The intention of our project is to understand more specifically why people are unhappy with the cafeteria and find a way in which we can manage the waste more efficiently. By talking to the chef about the amount of money is being spent on food, and by conducting surveys, we can be better equipped in attempting to figure out a solution and manage waste in a more proper manner.
Savoring and enjoying a meal is something that should be enjoyed and not wasted everyday.