The precursor to the Coronation Food Project...

See the previous blog post on the Coronation Food Project.

The Prince’s Foundation has announced the launch of a unique food education programme which aims to champion sustainability and combat food waste by giving young people a greater understanding of how the food system works, how it impacts the environment and how to better champion sustainable practices. 

Developed in partnership with Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty and The Soil Association, the Food For The Future programme will be piloted at the charity’s Dumfries House headquarters in East Ayrshire, starting in September 2021, and will initially include 48 pupils from four participating secondary schools - with an aspiration for it to eventually be rolled out nationally. 

Food For The Future is funded by Sainsbury’s, Richemont, and the players of The People’s Postcode Lottery. The programme is also supported by Hellmann’s, who are committed to reducing food waste and whose recent behavioural change study [] conducted in Canada provided invaluable insights on the reduction of household food waste, and who helped co-produce a film about the ambition of this initiative. 

Food For The Future has been developed as part of The Prince’s Foundation’s wider Making Food Go Further initiative. The launch of the programme comes at a vital time for the environment, when limiting food waste plays a key role in reducing household carbon emissions. 

A staggering 70 per cent of all food wasted in the UK stems from within the home and, for each of us, the food we eat accounts for about 25 per cent of our greenhouse gas footprint. 

Currently 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year around the globe — around a third of all food produced — and tackling food waste offers the opportunity to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 per cent.