|How many of you order food that you can't finish in a restaurant? Do you ever throw out the rest of a soda or coffee? Have you ever accepted food at a gathering to be polite but then not finished it? I mean, not that I am advocating this American way of eating wastefully, but I'm just sort of bemused by the judgement and anger here when I think the vast majority of posters probably waste lots of food.
I can't speak for the majority, but I'll speak for myself: I normally eat everything on my plate, literally every grain of rice and sauce scraped up with the side of my fork. If a restaurant serves me more than I can eat, I bring home leftovers (if possible, I bring my own containers
for them), and I or someone in my family will eat them. It's very unusual for me to throw away part of a non-water beverage, and I even tend to finish my water if possible (sometimes restaurants refill so often I can't keep up!) or give it to a plant. If I've accepted food to be polite, I'll eat it if I possibly can (I'm not painfully full, and it doesn't literally make me gag) and adjust my eating later in the day to compensate. My partner and I finish things our kid doesn't want. I don't care what's the American way or what "everyone" does; I hate seeing stuff go to waste! When I worked as a restaurant dishwasher, I actually found it difficult to resist eating leftovers from strangers' plates
; I did refrain, because of germs, but it was hard to scrape all that good food into the garbage. We do sometimes have food go bad in our house, and it makes me so sad, even if we can compost it to make fertilizer for our flowers, because the resources and human effort that went into growing the ingredients and preparing the food did not get used as efficiently as they should.