ZERO_WASTE is a project whose main objective is to promote the social inclusion of the rural areas in the field of education with content related to reducing food waste. As well as to improve the professional development of teachers by creating educational gamification tool with scientific content.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), approximately one-third of global food production for human consumption around the world is either lost or wasted each year, this is the equivalent of 1.300 million tonnes of food. In the European Union (EU), it is estimated that food waste is around 89 million tonnes, which represents 20% of food produced in the EU, and with and associated cost estimated at 143 billion euros. This situation is ironic in a world where more than 800 million people suffer from malnutrition and approximately 36 million people in Europe cannot afford a quality meal every second day.
Reducing food waste by half is one of the commitments made by the member countries of the United Nations (UN) in 2015, following the approval of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development in order to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development. Specifically, the Sustainable Development Goal number 12 regarding responsible production and consumption includes the target 12.3 “By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce foodlosses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses”.
But the fight against food waste is a shared responsibility of society as a whole. On an individual level, the consumer, as the final recipient of food, must also contribute to this end, andit is essential that citizens are aware of the social and environmental implications of each of the decisions they make when they purchase and consumption, change their attitudes and acquire responsible consumption habits. It is important do not forget the importance of this stage in the food chain, since is in household where the highest percentage of waste is produced