'We should develop a food waste e-learning module'

Friday, September 23, 2016

We had the bright, but probably quite obvious idea a month ago to develop an eLearning module all about food waste.

Our good friends at Veris thought it was a good idea too and we are delighted to be working together to build in their extensive experience in the area. 

Of all the waste in the world, the wasting of food in particular is such a shocking, yet tangible activity in sustainability terms.  

The environmental impact is clear, methane production, waste to manage, resource losses.

The economic impact is clearer and it's a double hit; the value of the food we waste plus the cost to 'dispose' of it.

The social impact is even clearer still, people are starving, how can we waste food? (This also links to how can we waste water and energy so negligently?)

The Evening Standard went big with a story this week on food waste by retailers and singled out supermarkets in particular, with a considerable focus on the social impact.   

This is the obvious concern and one that can perhaps motivate us all to take this ‘issue’ more seriously.  

For those of us that work in the industry, we were not shocked by the stories, more encouraged by the fact this is becoming more visible in the public domain.

We must look at this issue with a sustainable mind set; the balance of environmental, economic and social considerations.  We also need to promote the best practice out there and show what can be done and is being done by conscious individuals and mindful enterprises.

Over the next few weeks I'll be writing about how we go about the development process at Cloud Sustainability.  How we take an idea like 'We should do a food waste eLearning module' and turn it into a highly engaging piece of learning. 

We would welcome your thoughts and comments on the topic.  What’s important to you?  What are you doing to combat food waste and encourage sustainability?

For now, I'll leave you with the modules name, 'Preventing waste - The journey of food'. 

I'm pretty confident it won't be straight forward.... 

Dan Botterill, CEO, Cloud Sustainability

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