Personal Food Eco-Audit

80 minutes
One 30-minute session and one 50-minute session
Primary subjects: 
Mathematics, Science
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students undertake a personal mission to explore their food habits. They track everything they eat for seven days, categorize the types of foods they ate, and then analyze the habits and trends they spot. Next, students explore the concept of a foodprint, or an assessment of how choosing to eat the foods we eat impacts the environment, particularly in terms of the carbon emissions that result from producing, processing, and transporting that food. Students then investigate how they can improve their foodprints by making more sustainable food choices.

Key objectives for students
Track their food consumption for a seven-day period.
Analyze their food consumption habits and the impacts those habits have on the environment.
Evaluate options for making more sustainable food choices.
Secondary subjects
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Health and Nutrition, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
food habits, healthy habits, food consumption, sustainable agriculture, Carbon emissions, greenhouse gas, CO2, foodprint, food processing, industrial agriculture, Climate
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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