Captain McAllister on Homer Simpson:
'Tis no man. 'Tis a remorseless eatin' machine!"
The all-you-can-eat model, which emerged out of the U.S. during the 1930s, encourages demand for big portions of rubbish food, when what we actually need is smaller portions of higher quality food.
As if the world needs another reason to encourage over consumption, waste and gluttony!
Buffets are magnets for gluttons because you can pile on as much food as the plate will hold, go back for seconds, thirds, fourths... and leave as much waste behind as you want. A cheap way to feed your kids and teach them all the things we preach are wrong. The army has a saying “Take all you want, but eat all you take”. Promoting this methodology is a decent start, but it's just a start. There should be a fee for leaving uneaten food behind at the buffet to discourage waste. Then we have to move further. We now have to reverse the trends of over consumption we've taught for so long. It's time to teach the entire world to feed our need, NOT our greed.
The average size of the U.S. dinner plate is 36% bigger now than it was in 1960 and when you waste food, you are also wasting the resources that went into growing it, such as water, fertilizers, pesticides, and energy. 40% of food in the United States is never eaten, amounting to $165 billion a year in waste, taking a toll on the country's resources and significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions associated with growing, manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of food. Particularly wasteful are large buffets, which cannot reuse or even donate most of what is put out because of health code restrictions.