Could a Home Ec Revival Help Slash Food Waste?

With 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually around the globe and losses occurring throughout the supply chain, there is no one cause of the problem. But Liz Goodwin, who until recently ran the British government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme, has pointed to solutions beyond ones like getting retailers to stop rejecting ugly vegetables and starting municipal compost programs.

Instead of encouraging new behaviors, she’s looking at reintroducing some old ones via cooking education in public schools. “My view is that not teaching children how to cook will undoubtedly contribute” to food waste, she said in an interview with The Guardian.

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