Project Feeding More, Wasting Less: Leading young students to a sensitive look regarding the mitigation of food wastage

Marcelo Zaro

Abstract


Food wastage has been fully debated due to the need to eradicate hunger and environmental problems. In this respect, UFRGS CLN developed in municipal schools of Caxias do Sul/RS, supported by the City Hall, the University of Caxias do Sul and the Pampeanos Institute of Environmental Preservation, an environmental education project focused on combating food wastage. The project included more than 1,100 students in grades 6 through 9 of elementary school. The project included extracurricular activities proposed by a multidisciplinary group. For example, vegetable gardens were planted in schools, seminars dealing with the relationship between food waste and the environment were developed; as well as competitions; and composting and cooking workshops. For the development of the actions, the City Hall chose ve schools with social vulnerability situations. Considering the total indications from schools, 84.7% point the students were satis ed with the activities and 93.7% stated the activities were instructive. Regarding students information, 50.0% of the indications show that were taken initiatives at home after the project started in school. The results are considered satisfactory, but there are still opportunities for enhancement.


Keywords


Environmental education; Food wastage; Solid waste; Healthy diet; Elementary school.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17979/ams.2017.23-24.0.3367

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