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From Waste to Value: How to Tackle Food Waste

Discover the causes and impact of food waste, and learn how you can tackle it on a personal, community, and national level.

2021

Explore how combatting food waste and food loss can help the environment. The significant contribution the food system makes to climate change is widely recognised, and consumers are increasingly concerned about food waste.

On this course, you’ll explore how you – as a consumer – can act and inspire others to reduce food waste effectively and sustainably. You’ll learn what food waste is, and why it matters, and gain practical information on how to be an agent of change both personally and politically.

You’ll discover how the circular economy provides a framework for discovering solutions to this issue, and hear from companies that are making a difference.

Who should join the course

This course would appeal to environmentally conscious citizens who are worried about the way the Earth’s resources are currently being used and want to get a better understanding of the problem in order to take action to tackle it.

This would include employees in the food sector, restaurant owners and chefs, and concerned consumers.

Timeline of the programme

The course will be available all year round from 2022 onwards.

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the causes of food loss and food waste and assess the effect on the planet in terms of food security, sustainability and climate change
  • Reflect on your own personal contribution to the problem and explore the potential of the waste hierarchy and the circular economy to suggest solutions
  • Investigate how changes in the way we shop, cook and store food can help reduce food waste
  • Collaborate to produce actionable changes that can make an impact on your own community
  • Compare the practices of different retailers and discover the innovations that are helping them to reduce waste
  • Engage with the policies of national governments and the EU and help improve the sustainability of the food system in your country

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn:  

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/from-waste-to-value

Partners

Project lead

Simona Grasso

Simona Grasso

Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading

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