grocery store aisle of vegetables

by Marsha Rakestraw

According to reports, worldwide we humans waste between 30-50% of our food sometime during the production and consumption cycles. That’s a lot of waste, and an invaluable resource that isn’t finding its way to those who need it.

Food waste is increasingly becoming a topic for mainstream discussion and action. Recently France became the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away or otherwise disposing of unsold food and mandate that they have to donate the food to charities and food banks.

Starbucks just announced plans to give away “100 percent” of its food waste to food banks in the U.S. And the group ReFED has created a “road map” of 27 solutions to help reduce food waste.

Schools and similar institutions are a perfect place to raise discussions about food waste and to explore and implement positive solutions.

IHE’s global issues guide offers a variety of resources related to teaching and learning about Food Waste.

You’ll find suggested books, articles, videos, and even lesson plans, such as IHE’s own Trash Investigators.