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Science, Social Studies, Biology, Health

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  • Videos, 10 minutes, 41 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States


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Food Waste Causes Climate Change. Here's How We Stop It.

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  • This video examines both consumer food waste and the waste problems facing farmers and grocers.
  • It discusses why food waste happens, where it happens, and how we can stop it.
Teaching Tips


  • The video offers practical, actionable ideas that students can take action on to help stop this problem.
  • It highlights how the psychology of what we view as desirable food is a large part of the problem.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The content ends at about 9 minutes, with sponsorship content at the end.
  • There are ads before and during the video.


  • Health classes can use this video to discuss the psychology of different food choices, for better and worse.
  • Science classes can use this video to discuss the environmental impacts from farming when discussing the water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, or deforestation. 
  • Social studies classes could integrate this video into lessons that discuss how changing behaviors can be as effective as technological advancements in addressing some problems.
  • Other resources to consider on this topic include this video about the effects of diet on climate change, this interactive table of climate solutions, and this video about the many ways humans affect the planet.
Scientist Notes
This resource examines the cost of food waste. More than just financial, food waste is a large contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. As this video highlights, in order to combat climate change we will need to solve the food waste problem. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
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