May 03, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College recently hosted a panel on eliminating food waste. Left to right: Lisa Alverez, the Mount’s director of Admissions for Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs; Michael Olivette, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Ludmila Smirnova, Mount professor of Education.
Less than a week before Earth Day, Mount Saint Mary College recently hosted a film screening and panel discussion about food waste recovery.
“Food waste is an issue that more often than not takes a backseat to more dramatic events that seem to populate the news,” said Michael Olivette, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Mount. “Food waste isn’t a thing we consciously think about…but the fact is, we do waste our food, and we do so in staggering quantities.”
Olivette noted that the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that a third of food prepared for human consumption– about 1.3 billion tons with a value of $3 trillion – goes to waste.
Participants viewed clips from the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which features celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and experts in various fields who discuss the impact of food waste in the United States.
Following the screening, a panel of local restaurant owners, farmers, agencies, and other institutions discussed successful examples of food waste prevention and recovery techniques, including “nose-to-tail” cooking, donation of food, composting, and more.