Reducing Food Waste

The average American creates more than 240 pounds of food waste every year. Are there ways to reduce that number? The eighth lesson in the 13-part series covering Our Hungry Planet introduces multiple ideas for reducing food waste. It considers things an individual can do at home, things within a community, and even nationwide efforts to address the problem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Find out how much food classmates waste at school
  • Research local food rescue options from grocery stores, restaurants, and farms
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the scarcity of food in some areas and the limited space for garbage
Pros

  • Links to many other high-quality resources
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
Cons

  • None
NGSS