Food For Thought is an interactive meal time class used by Ozark Natural Science Center as part of its residential “Science in the Ozarks” elementary education program. Through participatory activities students learn about the broad topics of 1) how food is produced; 2) where the foods they are being served come from; 3) food is a natural resource; 4) other natural resources are required to produce food; 5) composting; 6) recycling; and 7) making personal choices (student empowerment) can make a difference. As a component of the class students set individual and class goals for food waste reduction. Students weigh food waste, graph the results at each meal and compare to their stated goals. Participating schools are provided with information that may be used in school cafeterias to assist in reducing food waste.
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