rade level: 4th – 5th grades
Related environmental issues: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Have you ever thrown away food after you felt full and stopped eating? In the United States, 30% of edible food is spoiled and thrown away. That is as big as each person throwing away $494 every year.
- You have 4 people in your family. How much can your family save in a year if food is not wasted at all?
- What can you do to prevent food waste?
Sources: U.S. EPA (2016). Sustainable Materials Management Program Strategic Plan. page 6.
Note) The food waste (and loss) is equivalent to $161 billion annually.
- $1,9764 (94 x 4 = 1,976)
- Answer may vary:Don’t over-serve food, Save and eat leftovers,Vacuum-pack unprepared or pre-cooked ingredients, Store food properly, Keep a record of your waste, Plan your meal before shopping