Appetite for Action aims to reduce food waste

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appetite for action aims to reduce food wasteWe all know what a big story food waste is at the moment.

Over on one of my favourite green blogs, Hippyshopper, I discovered news of Appetite for Action.

According to the Appetite for Action site, everyday we bin 4.4 million apples, 5.1 million potatoes, 7 million slices of bread and 2.8 million tomatoes.

Appetite for Action has been set up by Sky and Global Action Plan. They are encouraging primary schools across the UK and Ireland to take positive action for a sustainable food future by reducing their environmental impact arising from food.

Schools can register on the site for the Appetite for Action Challenge Day which takes place on 23 January 2009. Although Appetite for Action will start providing lesson plans and activities from January 1st.

There are three areas that are suggested for action: Grow your own, Reduce rubbish (yay!) and Greener Grub.

The Grown your own challenge incorporates composting as well as growing food, as part of the activities, to prevent food waste.
Reduce rubbish involves students taking a look at the waste their school produces and how they can minimise it.
Greener Grub includes digging into lunch boxes to find out how sustainable student’s packed lunches are.

As they say on the site, it’s not what you eat, it’s the way you grow it, wrap it, get it, waste it, eat it and treat it.

Even though it’s open to schools, I’ve gone ahead and registered anyway as a home educator. I hope we get some information and I’ll share with you some of the lesson plans that you could incorporate into your daily life.

If you’ve got kids, why not contact their school and encourage them to participate in Appetite for Action? There are prizes to be won too!

As for us, we’re going to continue with our zero food waste challenge. I feel I didn’t give it enough attention last week, but with Monday morning here again, I’m raring to go with renewed enthusiasm. I’ve bought some more freezer containers so will prepare another few kilos of cooking apples this morning and see what else needs using up this week.

Have a great week everyone!


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. esther says:

    We still don’t have those kind of actions over in france, but why not make the suggestion?!

    And overhere in holland, I’m pretty disappointed of what I thought of as my very ecological country…no paper recycling…except for newspaper and magazines, that are picked up by the local soccer club, once a month>
    Glasscontainers, near the supermarket, where we can throw our glass bottles, sorted by colour…and the plastic bottles ( well, the biggest part of it) can be brought back to the stores, in change of some money(you paid for as you bought it)and as far as I could find out from my mom(who is totally not into all if this “nonsense” (huuuge sigh!)this is about it. But that won’t stop me from finding out for myself….I feel real guilty throwing all the cans, some bottles, tetrapacks and other things in the landfill, and since I am traveling by train, I can’t take my stuff with me to my place to have it recycled….

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Esther, well I’m very surprised about your findings in Holland; I really thought they would be ahead of the game with recycling. They are very forward thinking in other areas. Monthly paper recycling? I’m amazed at that. Keep searching, perhaps you’ll find something good over there to tell us about!

  3. I’m trying to register but it’s struggling with the home ed thing.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    I haven’t had anything Sarah; so perhaps we are excluded.

  5. Me neither, maybe a stiff email is in order….

  6. I emailed and I got a nice fast response from [email protected] :
    Thank you for your email and your interest in Appetite for Action. We
    have received a few requests from Home Schools an we are more than happy
    to arrange for you to register on the site to access the resources and
    programme challenges. However, unfortunately Home Schools will not be
    eligible for the competition prizes.

    Can you please send me the following details:

    Number of students:



    Contact email:

    Contact number:

    Contact name:

    We will then arrange to have you created on the system as a school,
    which will allow you to return to the site to register.

    Best wishes


  7. Mrs Green says:

    Oh cool – thank you for sharing this; I’ll get onto it next week 🙂

  8. BohoBelle says:

    This program sounds fantastic. I’m looking at running a No Food Waste program in my Council area in Australia. Please keep me posted with your progress and thoughts about the program.

  9. Mrs Green says:

    Will do BohoBelle; I’ve just registered my details again, thanks to Sarah, and should be getting some information soon.

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