Food Waste and Food Security Module

Module by Dr. Yinghua Huang

Welcome to the Food Waste and Food Security Module! In this module, you will learn how you – as a consumer – can act and engage others to reduce food waste effectively and sustainably. You’ll learn what food waste is, and why it matters, and gain knowledge on how to tackle the problem on personal, community, and policy levels. To begin, watch the Module Overview Video below.



Learning Objectives

By the end of the module you will have:

  • Evaluate the causes of food loss and food waste and assess its impacts on the planet in terms of food security, sustainability and climate change.
  • Investigate how changes in the way we shop, cook and store food can help reduce food waste.
  • Reflect on your own personal contribution to the problem and discover shopping and storage tips that’ll help reduce waste at home.
  • Apply the food waste hierarchy as a framework to guide your practices and live more sustainably.
  • Produce actionable changes that can make an impact on your household and local community. Find out about how policies and initiatives can tackle food waste issue at a systemic level.

Module Activities

You can achieve this module's learning objective by accomplishing the following:


Please review the materials in this module


  • Discussion #1: Date labeling and food waste
  • Discussion #2: Food Waste Policy Finder
  • Discussion #3: Just Eat It Documentary to share your thoughts with others.


  • Assignment #1: Food Waste Diary
  • Assignment #2: Food Waste Reduction Action Plan

Community Engagement Opportunity and Reflection Exercise

Sign up for a volunteer opportunity to support community food recovery activities. Write up a reflection essay about the Community Engagement Experience for Food Security.


Part 1: Overview of the Food Waste Problem

Part 2: What Can We Do to Reduce Food Waste?