Investigating Food Prints

Investigating Food Prints

Adapted from Ontario Eco-Schools and Food Share
Target Age: All
Key Learning Goals: Understand the meaning of ‘foodprint,’ understand how food impacts the environment, become aware of students’ own food print, discuss ways to reduce food print d Equipment Necessary: None
Activity Type: Lunchtime Education


Directions

  1. Explain that FoodPrints refer to the impact that our food choices have on the environment.
  2. Ask students what they had for breakfast. Do they know where this food came from? Was it grown in Ontario? If not, how did it get here?
  3. Explain that food often has to be imported and that the gasoline used in the transport process impacts the environment. Gasoline comes from oil and is a non-renewable source of energy. It takes thousands of years to replenish and the use of gasoline contributes to climate change.
  4. As a class, discuss your combined FoodPrint. Where do most of your food come from and how does it impact the environment? Explain to the class that they have the ability to change their FoodPrint and reduce their environmental impact.
  5. As a class, come up with a list of things they can do to reduce their FoodPrint, i.e. buying local Ontario produce and riding their bike, instead of taking a bus or car.