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Learning pack

When food becomes trash

Every year, some 1.3 billion tons of food end up in the garbage, even though much of it would still be edible. Why do we throw away so much food, and how does that waste impact the environment and the climate?

There is enough food in the world to feed everyone; enough to ensure that nobody need go hungry. But a third of all the food produced worldwide never actually gets eaten.

This learning pack highlights the causes and consequences of food waste and food loss. At which point along the production process is food lost? Where is the majority of food wasted and why? Is there a connection to climate change? And how can I help to make sure that less food is thrown away at home?

The materials are designed for children and young people from the age of 12, and they enable teachers to introduce their students to the subject of food wastage and its consequences for the environment. The materials can be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes.

The learning pack includes:

  • 1 booklet 
  • 1 poster (to be printed out on A3 or A4)
  • 6 films  
  • 3 articles

Please download the booklet (with worksheets and explanatory handouts) first. It contains an overview of all modules and content in the learning pack. You will find a PDF of the booklet under "downloads" further down this page.