Turning Food Waste Into a Resource

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One in every seven truckloads of perishable foods delivered to grocery stores gets thrown away. Is there anything that can be done with this waste? One solution is to recycle the old produce and turn it into fertilizer. The video, part of the PBS food science series, explains exactly how such a process works. It discusses not only the savings to the landfill, but also the benefits of the fertilizer and of the new revenue stream for the grocery store.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge young scientists to research and propose a food waste recycling program at a local grocery store
  • Add all new vocabulary to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • You can stream or download the video to view later
Pros

  • Includes closed captioning in English for visual learners
  • Applies science to a concept in everyday life
Cons

  • None