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WeValueFood 2020

WeValueFood 2020

WeValueFood (3 yr project) will educate, engage and advance the young Europeans’ knowledge of and appreciation of food, thereby empowering the next generations to make the best choices about the food that they eat.

The Challenge

With society facing major problems in terms of obesity, food waste and the environment, the need for next generation consumers to make improved food choices has never been more important. Unfortunately, we are also facing decreasing levels of engagement and knowledge about our food, particularly among our youth. It is difficult to encourage the next generation to make improved food choices if their engagement and comprehension of food is poor.

In Short

#WeValueFood will engage with students from primary, secondary and tertiary education all over Europe, as well as parents, educators, and representatives from the European agri-food industry.

WeValueFood will tackle the erosion of society’s engagement with our food by:

  • Providing a pan-European online inventory of existing educational resources to help teachers engage students on the topic of food
  • Creating new tools and strategies for educating students from a primary, secondary and tertiary level about food
  • Modifying and scaling up food engagement tools particularly in regions where levels of food disengagement are high and young people lack knowledge about food
  • Helping the food industry learn how to engage with next generation consumers in a positive and healthy way
  • Inspiring a community of European Food Champions, a network of food-savvy young consumers who will share their food values via peer-to-peer communication
  • Work together with high-profile Food Stars (e.g. chefs and social media influencers) to spread the WeValueFood message

WeValueFood will focus on five areas of food knowledge:

  • The origin of food (where does food come from?)
  • Food production (how is food made?)
  • Food and health (how do we eat healthily?)
  • Food waste (how to reduce our own food waste?)
  • Food and the environment (how does what we eat affect our world?

Vision

By engaging the next generation of European consumers, WeValueFood will help to establish a society that is more knowledgeable and discerning about where food comes from and how it affects our health and the planet.

Through closer links between consumers and the food industry, next generation consumer food choices and values will lead to product differentiation and added value, ensuring a thriving European agri-food economy.

Highlights from 2019

1st WeValueFood Conference

Video: WeValueFood annual conference was held in Warsaw on 3-4 December 2019.

The 2019 conference brought together a range of international speakers from research, education and industry sectors. Early stage researchers presented the latest project results and exchanged ideas around the main question: “How to engage the next generation consumers on food values?” The following key themes were explored: 

  • The latest research on food engagement
  • Successful tools and strategies from around the world
  • The role of social media
  • Practical demonstrations
  • How industry can learn to communicate with next generation consumers

Decision Support Tool for Educators

We have created a decision support tool that can be used by educators across primary, secondary and tertiary education levels, to help them retrieve and utilise various food education tools and strategies, based on defined criteria selected by educators. These tools and strategies focus on various food topics.

In 2019, we gathered over 350 tools from countries across Europe (UK, Italy, Israel, Iceland, Finland, Spain and Poland), and tested the support tool with educators in the UK and Poland. Currently, the decision model includes tools from Italy, UK, Poland and Israel and in 2020 we will be adding the remaining tools from Spain, Finland and Iceland. The decision support tool will soon be openly available for educators soon.

Project Information

WeValueFood is a 3-year grand challenge project funded by EIT involving 11 European partners from education, academia and industry, communication sectors. The project runs from 2019-2021 and is led by Queen’s University Belfast.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MADRID
EUFIC
KOPPERT
MATIS
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
UNIVERSITY OF READING
UNIVERSITY OF TORINO
UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Project team

Paul Bereton
Institution

Queen's University Belfast

Contact details

WeValueFood@qub.ac.uk

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