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School Meals Project Launched To Encourage Sustainable Food Choices


The Environment Journal online has reported the launch of a collaboration between Leeds City Council, the University of Leeds and FoodWise Leeds that will encourage residents to make more informed food choices, support sustainable food production and reduce food waste.

Users of the calculator can see estimations of the carbon footprint, land use and water use associated with ingredients and the tool is already being trialled.

With Local Acceleration Fund support, the Leeds Social Sciences Institute are using food data they have collected to engage with local primary schools through science lessons, workshops and an interactive educational game ‘Planet Plates’.

The technology is already being trialled by the council’s school meals provider Catering Leeds to review menus and suppliers, helping the council to reach climate targets, such as to halve the carbon footprint of the average meal served by the council by 2030.

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