DETROIT (WWJ) - As the coronavirus continues to spread around Michigan, we've all seen evidence of shoppers panic buying and stockpiling, leaving many store shelves bare.
But that behavior is entirely unnecessary, according to University of Michigan sustainability expert Shelie Miller. Miller, who studies food supply chains, food waste and the environmental impact of food, says there is no expectation that stores will run out of food or that grocery stores will close.
"Therefore, it is important to only buy what you think your household will consume before it goes bad," Miller said in a statement. "Panic shopping increases the potential for household food waste, since large quantities of perishable items are likely to spoil before they can be used. Wasting food wastes money, so planning ahead and being thoughtful about what you buy saves money and also reduces stress on the food system."