Food and the Environment
In Scotland, we have year-round access to nutritious, affordable food, produced both at home and imported from around the world. Most of us can name foods that are part of a healthy diet, but which of those foods are also good for environmental health locally and globally?
Thinking About Food
An overview designed to get pupils thinking differently about the food they eat. Arranged in four sections: what food is available, how is food grown, food waste and, food culture.
One Planet Picnic
A picnic that is good for the planet and good for you! An informal way to think about food and sustainability.
A Pocket Garden is a pallet sized design including plants that can be eaten, that attract biodiversity and which reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away.
Compass is a planning tool to support schools in their journey towards sustainability when developing their learning and teaching about food.
Low Carbon Skills
Films and resources made by pupils about how our consumer choices can help fight climate change.
Climate Challenge Fund - Food
The Climate Challenge Fund supports projects that encourage the growing and consumption of local food. CCF projects work to reduce food waste in their communities as well as encouraging composting of unavoidable food waste.
Garden For Life Resources
The Garden for Life Forum is a partnership of Scottish environmental organisations working together to increase enjoyment and understanding of wildlife in gardens. The forum has produced seven guides on gardening to get you started including one on food.
RHET - Scotland's Farming Year
Scotland's Farming Year is an educational video series which gives children an insight into many aspects of Scottish agriculture and helps them to understand where their food comes from. Topics include sheep and lambing, pigs, eggs, ploughing and harvest.
Nourish - Food Atlas
This Scottish Food Atlas draws together issues around food, using stats, graphs, and maps to communicate the evidence
RHET - Educational Posters
RHET offer a number of educational posters covering a wide range of subjects relating to food and farming. Check out the new Food & Farming Activities poster. How many activities can your class tick off?
Zero Waste Scotland - Food Waste Monitoring Toolkit
Toolkits for your catering team and for teachers and pupils. The catering team toolkit is for monitoring kitchen waste (preparation waste, spoilage and unserved meals). The teacher and pupil kit is for monitoring plate waste from the canteen.
World's Largest Lesson: Goal 1
Download lesson plans, comics and other resources on food to use in your classroom.
Food and the Environment Case Studies
The Eco-Schools objectives in this area cover physical, emotional and cognitive aspects. Motivation for sustainable living is gained through practical action, emotional engagement, and improved understanding:
Hands – reconnect children and young people with raw foods and ingredients and their processes of production.
Heart – foster an appreciation of local distinctiveness and the intimate associations between place and food.
Head – develop awareness of the impacts on the environment of different methods of food production and processing.
Head : heart : hands – develop an awareness of the links between our food choices, the environment and people and places elsewhere.
Through work on the Food and the Environment Topic, pupils should:
- Understand the range of food choices available to us.
- Understand the resources and skills required for food production and processing.
- Recognise the value of healthy, stable ecosystems to food production.
- Understand the wider environmental implications of our food choices.
- Recognise the dimension of social responsibility in our food choices.
- Recognise our own food culture within a diversity of food cultures.