School Meals -- In-depth


What’s Best for our Kids? 11 School Lunches from around the World


I-Lan city,Taiwan

The extended readings except Internet data are as follows:

“Leftovers” is a book written by a person in Hong Kong. “Leftovers are not garbage.” I agree with this statement mentioned by the author in the book. This book includes many real pictures, examples, and data. In Hong Kong, there is lots of food wasted every day, such as leftovers from a wedding, but they have never improved on this. I also feel that richer countries usually waste more food and do not cherish it. On the contrary, poor countries naturally will not waste food since they don’t have enough. If we can all participate in the project of reducing leftovers and implementing “take as much as you can eat”, then there won’t be that much of leftovers. And hence, we can reach the profit of leftovers reducing. (By Henk)


“Turn Leftovers into Gold” explains the method of recycling and reusing leftovers. The book teaches us how to turn leftovers into hogwash, liquid fertilizer, electricity, gas, soap, and organic manure. The best method is still reducing the source. There are many leftovers-reducing related examples in this book. The most impressive example to me was that one elementary school uses a “leftovers machine” to recycle leftovers. This machine helps students learn and understand more. Also, after reading the book, I learned that leftovers recycling has been implemented for only a few tens of years. It is obvious that there is a lot of room for Taiwan to put in efforts in terms of leftovers reducing and recycling. (ByYu-hsian)


Afterthoughts of Video [1.3 Billion Tons of Leftovers Feast]



We watched a movie called “1.3 Billion Tons of Leftovers”. The movie states that 70% of garbage in China is food leftovers. They throw away 60 million tons of leftovers every year, and that could feed 15% of the world’s population (200 million people) for one entire year. Taiwanese throw away 2.75 million tons of leftovers every year, and that is equal to the volume of 1,900 Taipei 101 buildings. This is a very scary analogy. I think we should cut down the “waste on our tongue tip”. Chinese New Year is coming, so there will be many places holding year-end banquets and family reunions. This is the time when people waste the most food. I hope when we throw away food, we should think it over and realize that this is a waste. (By Candy)

After watching this video, I learned that wasting food does not most seriously happen in Taiwan; the situation in China is even worse. We have been researching the processing mode of leftovers, but in fact, besides for leftovers, ingredient waste is very serious too. Some food ingredients that still can be utilized are discarded simply just because it looks bad or people don’t like to eat it. This wasted food could feed poor people for many years. Some people warn us that food crises will start to show up after year 2030. If we still don’t want to get rid of the bad habit of wasting food, we will start to suffer from the starving years later. I guess the government should restrict food waste through legislative ways. We have to come out with a way to improve this bad habit. (By Tony)