food waste

  1. Picture of ugly carrots

    Giving ugly food a chance

    Dec 2, 2021

    Explaining the value of misshapen vegetables – that they are as healthful as their picture-perfect counterparts and buying them helps reduce food waste – could help improve sales of “ugly” produce, new research suggests.

  2. Student Profile: Food Recovery Network

    May 21, 2021

    Alex Carr and Kevin Uth each joined Ohio State’s Food Recovery Network (FRN) to make an immediate impact on issues that face their community every day: hunger and food waste.

  3. SWACO partnering with The Ohio State University and City of Upper Arlington to study's food waste campaign's impact

    Dec 15, 2020


    SWACO partnering with The Ohio State University and City of Upper Arlington to study campaign’s impact on residents’ attitudes and behaviors regarding food waste.

  4. Does Quarantine Stockpiling Lead to Future Food Waste?

    Oct 6, 2020

    According to “The Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Food Waste” published in the Applied Economics Perspectives & Policy’s special issue on COVID-19, researchers say in July 2020, more than a quarter of respondents had increased refrigerated storage capacity and more than 10 % had increased frozen storage capacity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. An Increase in food storage provides a more immediate option for preserving food, but may so promote stockpiling that could lead to waste in the future.

  5. Example study image shows leftovers that were saved. Credit: Pennington Biomedical Research Center

    Smartphone app reveals patterns in how people choose and eat leftovers

    Sep 9, 2020

    A new pilot study deepens understanding of behaviors surrounding consumption of leftovers in the U.S., suggesting that reducing meal sizes and making leftovers more appealing could help reduce food waste. Brian Roe of Ohio State University, Columbus, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on September 9, 2020.

  6. Ohio State Researcher Joins Forces with National Experts to Tackle Consumer Food Waste

    Aug 27, 2020

    It is estimated that a pound of food is wasted by every American, every day. The amount of food that ends up in the trash is driven not just by individual or household food choices but also by a system that leads consumers towards choices that result in food waste, states a new study released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

  7. A Snapshot of American Refrigerators During the COVID-19 Era

    Aug 10, 2020

    A summary of Dr. Brian Roe, the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative and @AlleghenyEcon's study on the state of American Refrigerators during the COVID-19 era. 

  8. Fridge Study Reveals American Buying, Storing, and Consuming Trends During COVID-19

    Jul 27, 2020

    It is no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has led Americans to eat at home more often. A group of researchers with the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative recently surveyed 500 people from around the country to gain insight into how eating at home has translated to other changes in American kitchens and if intentions to consume the food in refrigerators have risen as a result.

  9. Keeping Food Fresh Longer Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 10, 2020

    I’m only shopping once or twice a month now, as I abide by the Ohio Stay at Home Order during the COVID-19 pandemic. How can I make sure my food lasts as long as possible so that I don’t have to keep going back to the store?

    Your question is on the minds of many people nationwide, as the majority of the country continues efforts to flatten the curve and lessen the spread of COVID-19. In Ohio, for example, on April 2, the Stay at Home Order was extended to May 1.

  10. Much Fridge Food 'Goes There to Die'

    Sep 11, 2019

    Food-waste study reveals trends behind discarded items