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ASU Global Futures


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics

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  • Lesson Plan, 55 minutes
  • Video, 10 minutes, 15 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom

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Global, North America, United States


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Zero Food Waste Challenge

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  • This is an activity where students will watch a video about the sources of food waste, work in groups to complete a brainstorming activity, and come up with realistic solutions to address food waste. 

Teaching Tips


  • The lesson plan is easy to implement and it challenges students to think critically and find realistic solutions to a real-world problem. 

Additional Prerequisites


  • Encourage students to think about beneficial changes that could be made to the entire food system and the impacts of consumer demand for specific products.
  • Civics and government classes could discuss the role of regulations, laws, and government funding to support a more efficient, equitable, and sustainable food system. 
  • Students could explore this table of solutions to climate change, this video about food waste, and this video about dietary choices.
Scientist Notes
The activity demonstrates the impact of food waste on the environment and explores options for net-zero food waste. It will motivate students to brainstorm and develop a zero food-waste strategy in their homes, communities, and society. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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    • Writing (K-12)
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