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The Faculty of education restaurant consumers' attitude towards the responsible treatment of food

Anja Krištof (2017) The Faculty of education restaurant consumers' attitude towards the responsible treatment of food. Diploma thesis.

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    Food waste is a burning issue all over the world. Different producers, households, shops, restaurants, schools and other food offering venues face this problem. It is important to raise the society’s awareness about the consequences of food waste. In my diploma work I tried to establish the secondary school students and the students of the Faculty of Education attitude towards food and the level of their satisfaction with the faculty restaurant food. I have researched the reasons for the food waste and gathered students’ suggestions on how to reduce its amount. In my research, I have used a descriptive method and a quantitative approach. There were 60 students of the Faculty of Education and 59 secondary school students of the Pre-school Teacher Training Secondary School participating in my research. The research showed a moderate level of student’s satisfaction with the food in the restaurant at the Faculty of Education. The main reasons in case of dissatisfaction are according to students the taste and general food quality. I discovered that one of the main reasons for food waste are large portions but the students claimed the reason for not finishing the meal was the feeling of satiety. The secondary school students usually finish their meals whereas the college students more often leave some food on their plates. They have both suggested that food waste could be reduced by giving them smaller portions which means they should be able to choose the size of the meal at the self-service counter. They also proposed that users of food services could be educated about food waste problem through various lectures and education programs. They suggested the use of available food containers for the left-overs and extra food that could be given to those who are in need. Communication between the service providers and users is also very important as it can greatly reduce the number of times when less desired foods are offered. The awareness about discarded food is increasingly rising in schools and colleges. According to the results of my research, I estimated that secondary school students and college students are both conscious of the consequences of discarded food with college students being slightly more aware of the problem. My estimation is that the amount of food waste can be reduced by careful planning and management of offered foods. Different projects that would raise the awareness about food waste among the student population are also very important.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: food waste, the attitude to waste food, secondary school students, university students, students’ diet
    Number of Pages: 41
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    asist. Martina ErjavšekComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11732809)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4744
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 09:55
    Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 09:55
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4744

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