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Drawing competition have showed: children learned respect for food from their grandparents

The annual drawing competition of Project Wasteless Granny Says” revealed that children learn plenty waste reduction practices from their grandparents. Best art pieces are part of a street exhibition in the center of Budapest.

The “Granny Says” drawing competition reveals that we can learn waste reduction practices from our grandparents. This year, 111 art pieces were received from 87 schools across the country. A street exhibition was presented by Project Wasteless, the food waste prevention programme of the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih), showcasing the most outstanding works of the competition. The creations submitted for the “Granny Says” contest reveal that various kitchen waste reduction practices were taught to children by their grandparents. The displayed drawings can be seen at the Millenaris Park in the coming months. The exhibition is aimed at both young and old, conveying the grandparents’ most significant message: the appreciation of food.

One of the biggest sustainability issues globally is food waste. Approximately 1.8 million tons of food waste are generated annually in Hungary. The majority of food waste is produced in households, with an average of 60 kg of food waste per person annually, about half of which could be avoidable. Assessing the total annual avoidable food waste of the entire population results in a quantity that could feed more than 400,000 people for a year. Preventing food waste and educating on food safety should ideally start in childhood, as evidenced by the “Granny Says” drawing contest.

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