Taking a Bite Out of Food Waste

Taking a Bite Out of Food Waste
CFAES researchers are working to limit how much food we toss out
Rotting fruit and vegetables laying in a waste pile

Brian Roe, a professor of agricultural economics in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has been studying food waste for more than two years.

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, they waste so much food at restaurants and supermarkets. I’ve seen the dumpsters at the back of the stores. It’s terrible.’ In truth, it’s consumers in households where most of the food waste occurs.”Brian Roe

He helped form and currently leads the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative, a collection of researchers, practitioners and students working together to promote the reduction and redirection of food waste.

Roe and colleagues from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University are also developing a smartphone app to help them conduct research about how consumers buy, eat and waste food in their everyday lives.

Brian Roe

Roe’s research on food waste examines consumer behavior and attitudes about discarding food. He has discovered: