This theme explores how growing and eating our own food impactour personal health, and how it has knock-on impacts for local and foreign biodiversity.

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Global Citizenship – Food and Biodiversity is a maintenance theme that facilitates schools exploring and discovering how actions on the Green-Schools programme locally, positively influence environments worldwide.  

The Global Citizenship Food and Biodiversity theme consists of two main strands of workThe first strand focuses on local actions, including growing and eating food that is produced on the school grounds. The second strand focuses on global impactssuch as the positive impact that these local actions can have, by interrupting the current global food production system, and the environmental problems associated with it e.gby reducing the miles that food has travelled, or by avoiding the packaging waste associated with shop-bought foods.  

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Food education is critical. Some of the more obvious elements to consider from the environmental perspective include food miles, packaging and food waste. The benefits of food education, however, go far beyond reducing the environmental impact.

Dr. Meabh Boylan, Biodiversity Officer , Green-Schools

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