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Reduced Food Waste

Author: Project Drawdown
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Science
Resource Type:
  • Article
  • This brief article by Project Drawdown provides students with a summary of the food waste problem, data on the potential reduction in carbon emissions we could achieve if we reduced food waste and changed our diets, and a link to view the Technical Summary for more information. 
Teaching Tips


  • This article is succinct and provides information about secondary impacts (like deforestation) that are relevant to this issue.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following terms: Gigatons, sequester, CO2eq.


  • There are a number of related climate change solutions linked at the bottom of the page for further exploration.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies and geography when discussing the different reasons for food waste in different countries.
Scientist Notes

Food waste is an environmental problem worsening the impact of climate change. This resource gives valid explanation of the correlation of food waste to climate change. Recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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