An innovative approach to food waste management in order to educate young people to value food and reduce the waste.

Project Description

Every year, about 1/3 of the food that is intended for human consumption (1,3 billion tones) ends up in landfills along with the energy, water and the chemicals that were used for their production and disposal. Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. All this food in the trash increases the emissions of the greenhouse gas and contributes to the global warming {food waste alone generates about 8% of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions (FAO, 2015)}. The food waste is a problem which needs to be addressed under the European policy about the transition of Europe to the world’s first climate-neutral conitinent. The best way to prevent food waste is to educate, inspire and encourage the public and especially young generations totake action. Pupils, as the future generation, are the most important people to reach when addressing crucial changes in established behaviors. More specifically, students (new generation) through schools and their teachers could play a significantly important role in reducing food waste. The main goal of the “ZERO WASTE” project is the school teachers to get informed and educated, through a useful training material, about the social, environmental and financial consequences due to food waste and the best practices for reducing it. Teachers will have the ability to include the training material for food waste in their class in order to raise the awareness and pass the knowledge to their students. The final goal of this project is, both, teachers and students (and as a consequence their families) to act as transmitters for a new way of life based on the cyclical economy, the proper management of the daily food consumption and the elimination of food waste with the motto “use wisely, reduce, recycle”.

Project Results

PR1: ZERO WASTE European Synthesis Report on the Needs and Challenges of Food Waste Management in School Education

PR2: ZERO WASTE training material development, pilots, and policy recommendations

PR3: ZERO WASTE Zero Waste Serious game on Food Waste Management.

PR4: ZERO WASTE Toolkit for organizations in education

Project Details

Topic: Education
Programme: Erasmus+
Sector: School Education
Project ID: 2021-1-RO01-KA220-SCH-000032588
Start Date: 1/11/2021
End Date: 1/11/2023
Total Grand: 211,762.00€

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.


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