Schools celebrate Biology Week with assemblies about wasting food

Schools around the UK celebrated Biology Week 2013 yesterday with assemblies about food waste, starting with an animated video produced for the event. UK households throw away 20% of the food they buy, and pupils will consider how we can reduce this huge wastage.

The animation was produced by the Society of Biology in partnership with Global Food Security, and is accompanied by notes about why we waste food and how we can reduce this. Food waste has been a theme of Biology Week 2013, and Professor Tim Benton, Global Food Security champion, spoke about the issue at a Parliamentary reception on Wednesday.

Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, says: “The volume of food we waste is staggering; collectively, households annually throw away 4.1 million tonnes of waste that could be avoided if people knew how to manage waste better. Young people are vital in tackling the problem, as consumers, and as the scientists, farmers, retailers and policy makers of tomorrow.

“We started Biology Week as a celebration of the life sciences, and biology’s contribution to reducing food waste – whether this is preventing loss of crops to pest and disease, or ensuring food stays safe for longer – is certainly something to celebrate.”

6 responses to “Schools celebrate Biology Week with assemblies about wasting food

  1. Reblogged this on Science on the Land and commented:
    argylesock says… Here’s a cartoon telling kids why food waste matters.

  2. Thanks for your reblog!

  3. Pingback: 40% of food wasted in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. At a school-related camp at Marin Headlands (north of San Francisco) we engaged kids in a discussion/challenge in which we weighed the after-meal garbage each day after each meal. By the end of the weak, the students had cut the amount of waste by over one half. Just getting people thinking about these things seems to have a positive impact.

  5. This is such a valuable initiative. The annual tonnage of food wasted is mind boggling. In the news this week was how Tesco discarded 30,000 tonnes of food in the first half of this year. I can’t imagine what that much food looks like, or the amount of fuel it takes to grow it, process it and transport it around the globe. And that’s just Tesco… in just 6 months. I shudder to think what the annual tonnage of food waste in the US amounts to.

    Maybe it’s just an ignorance thing, and as Barbara and Jack say, above, awareness and thinking about it can make a massive difference.

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