To cut food waste, Taiwan to make school lunches more appetizing

Ministry of Education hosts school chef competition, with the aim of making vegetables more appealing and to reduce waste

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/04
By: Iris Hsu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo by Executive Yuan Council of Agriculture)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To cut down food waste the Ministry of Education is teaming up with the Full Foods Foundation (灃食公益飲食文化教育基金會) to host a school chef cooking competition and “make school lunches more delicious.”

The “Full Foods Super School Chef Competition” challenges school chefs to make unpopular vegetables more appealing to school children. The unpopular vegetables include bitter melon, eggplant, Chinese yam, kale, green pepper, garlic, celery, onion, carrot, and peas.

According to Liberty Times, Taipei city schools produce two to three metric tons (2,000-3,000 kg) of food waste per day, on average. Taoyuan City and Tainan City both report nearly 50,000 kg of food waste each month. In Kaohsiung, 5 percent of school lunches become waste every month.

To curb waste, the competition aims to make school lunches more appetizing, in addition to being more nutritious and balanced.    [FULL  STORY]

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