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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.

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From Waste to Value: How to Tackle Food Waste
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Explore how combatting food waste and food loss can help the environment

Please note this course runs without facilitation. A Spanish version of the course can be found here.

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.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    What is food waste and why should we care about it?

    • Welcome

      Welcome to the course, meet the team and discover what you'll be learning about.

    • Why is food waste important?

      Discover the disturbing statistics that show how much food we waste and consider the implications for society.

    • What can be done about food waste?

      Fresh ways of looking at waste disposal and supply chains that will make a real difference.

    • Review and Reflect

      Take personal responsibility for making a difference and find out how you can start today.

  • Week 2

    Making changes - at home and in your community

    • Welcome back

      Tips to help you prevent waste at home and why date labelling causes waste problems.

    • Making changes at home

      Re-purposing waste to make food and other products, and re-thinking traditional ways of preparing meals.

    • Making changes in your community

      Discover the wide range of initiatives that are making it easier to share food locally.

    • Review and Reflect

      Resolve to make a difference at home and/or in your local community.

  • Week 3

    Making changes at the national level - where you shop and how you vote

    • Welcome back

      Look beyond home and the local community to what is being done nationally and internationally about food waste.

    • Changes at supermarkets and other retailers

      Help ensure the places you get your food from are acting responsibly and reducing the amount they waste.

    • Change at the national level

      Discover what the EU and national governments are doing to reduce food waste and the numerous organisations that are helping to put policy into practice.

    • Review and Reflect

      Decide how you want to make a difference.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll 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

Who is the course for?

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.

The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. I am a food scientist interested in developing new healthy and sustainable foods.

I am a food scientist and working at RethinkResource, a agency for innovation and upcycling. I am interested in a sustainable foodsystem and solutions how we can get there.

I'm a food engineer involved in EIT Food projects working in the School of Agriculture, Policy & Development at the University of Reading. I've experience working in industry-academia collaborations.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial skills in Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem.

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