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Top 10 tips for... sustainable school food

As part of our work to move our schools to net zero, what can we do with regards to school food to reduce waste and the carbon footprint of our canteens? Richard Dunne offers 10 ideas

Most of us are well versed in how the food we consume affects our health, but what about how it impacts the planet? Right now, agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Very often, the way we eat and (mis)manage waste can support damaging, unsustainable processes around the globe – from using aeroplanes to import food that could be growing locally, to sending our recycling to the other side of the world.

In last year’s School report research, two-thirds of the headteachers surveyed said they were taking steps to be more sustainable and eco-friendly by 2024 (Pearson, 2022). If we know that what we eat each day is critical in helping to reduce our climate impact, how can we as school leaders and teachers help to make a positive difference?

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