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Food waste reduction

Learning outcome

In this educational initiative, students take the lead in imparting knowledge to their peers through the "Farm to Fork" project.

The primary focus is on in-depth exploration of the EU Farm to fork strategy within upper school classes, with the acquired knowledge being disseminated to younger students.

The project aims to foster awareness of sustainable food production goals and waste reduction. Participants are tasked with addressing long-term food supply objectives and devising independent methods for knowledge transfer.

Time required

Upper school classes typically possess a foundational understanding of the subject; however, collaborative work on comprehending the Farm to Fork principle is essential.

The project involves 2 x 2 hours of weekly preparation, along with a minimum of 2 hours of individual study time. In total, a minimum of 6 teaching units are recommended, culminating in a realization session, such as a dedicated morning.

Tools or equipment

The necessary materials vary based on the students' age or the targeted group. Laptops for research purposes and crafting materials for project realization should be provided.

Activity description

Step 1: Definition of Framework

Establish the context in which students can present the topic to other children, be it during a taster day, an open day, or a visit to another class.

Step 2: Understanding the Farm to Fork Principle

Students learn about the EU's Farm to Fork principle incrementally, discussing it in groups. Topics include organic farming versus conventional farming, food transport and sales, energy consumption in the supply chain, food consumption, and food waste.

Step 3: Research and Creation of Educational Materials

The class is tasked with creating work materials, games, worksheets, or presentations on the Farm to Fork topic. Providing seasonal fruits, seeds, or plants is recommended for hands-on engagement. Examples from a previous event include seed-to-fruit/plant matching, identifying vegetables in a cake, and associating fruits with different seasons.

Tips how to implement the topic to school curriculum

Due to the topic's complexity, it is relevant across multiple subjects in the curriculum:

The Farm to Fork principle encompasses

  • food production (biology, geography, and business administration)
  • transport and processing (geography, business administration, logistics, and commodity science)
  • consumption (biology, nutrition), as well as utilization and composting (biology, ecology).