Plastic and Waste-free Picnics
The Food School is planning some picnics in John Coles Park (Chippenham) during the summer school holidays. We’re keen to encourage teenagers to come and enjoy these events. The picnics will aim to be free of single-use plastic, and will ‘showcase’ simple, home-prepared fresh food. It’s a chance to meet, relax and chat together over some tasty food.
We’re also hoping to run a class on food photography.
Tackling Food Waste
Food School is about helping people to minimise food waste and maximise food taste. We are a supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3:
SDG 12.3: “By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses”
Around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted from the farm to the fork. This huge level of inefficiency has economic, social, and environmental impacts. Food loss and waste causes about $940 billion per year in economic losses. It exacerbates food insecurity and malnutrition. And food that is ultimately lost or wasted consumes about a quarter of all water used by agriculture, requires land area the size of China and is responsible for an estimated 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing this food loss and waste is a “triple win.” Reductions can save money for farmers, companies, and households. Wasting less means feeding more. Reductions alleviate pressure on climate, water, and land resources.
Growing our own food
We love growing and eating plant-based foods. We are keen to encourage people to have a go at growing vegetables. Potatoes and herbs are easy ones for beginners. Herbs can be grown on windowsills.
We will be hosting an exhibition: Food, Glorious Food, from 30 July to 10 August in the Chippenham Museum (Market Place). There will be displays by local artists and growers, and some activities for all ages.