Why Eat Responsibly?

How can our daily actions help protect the environment, promote human rights and improve the well-being of society? And how does this question relate to our food?

The world population is growing rapidly, and by 2050, with the same planet, we will have to feed nearly four times more people than a century before. From that perspective, food is no longer just a personal matter. The choices we make regarding our food already have direct or indirect consequences on the climate, on the use of resources like water and land and on people’s ability to feed themselves and live decent lives here and abroad.

The We Eat Responsibly project supports eco-schools in nine EU countries in exploring ways to make more responsible food choices. Because our choices can shape the world for the better!

Our goals

Education for a sustainable lifestyle

Together with topics on responsible food consumption, the teacher brings the most pressing world issues right into the classroom to open space for co-creating new, responsible solutions for our everyday life.

Students lead the change

Active students explore the connection between global and local topics. Changing little things in our neighbourhood can have a huge impact on a global scale!

Active teachers

Teachers are key players to guide and facilitate the learning experience of youth. They empower pupils and students to become active world citizens.

Local community involvement

Food experts, chefs and activists, farmers and policy makers are supportive of school activities. The greater our numbers, the greater the impact!

Sharing inspiration

The eco-schools in the nine participating countries shared good practices during an international forum that took place in Prague. More than 120 people including inspiring personalities from the fields of education and food got involved.

Materials published

To work with a responsible food consumption topic for all ages, we produced a methodology, lessons and publication Menu for Change on how our food changes the world.

1,800 teachers

are exploring links between food production, changes in society and the environment and the quality of our life.

550 European eco-Schools

are running a yearlong educational program on responsible food consumption topics.

65,000 pupils and 25 000 students

are looking for opportunities for responsible changes to their menu as well as in their neighbourhood.

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

Resource scarcity, increased population, decreasing land availability and accessibility, emerging water scarcity, and soil degradation require us to re-think how best to use our resources for future generations.

Hilal Elver
UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Everywhere people ask: ‘What can I actually do?’ The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order.

E. F. Schumacher
Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

If our starting point is a respect for nature and people, diversity is an inevitable consequence.

Helena Norberg-Hodge
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh

Living democracy grows like a tree, from the bottom up.

Vandana Shiva

What do I eat?
Where does my food come from?
How was my food produced?
How much food do I consume?
How much food do I waste?
What is the global impact of my food?

Responsible food consumption means to decide consciously. It is about recognizing not only the interconnections between our food and the environment, but also the political, social, cultural and economic linkages of our decisions. Our choices should contribute to the bettering of livelihoods of all people on planet Earth.

We should try to:

eat less but better, eat local, seasonal and organic if possible

replace meat with plant-based foods more often

choose food produced with respect for people and the planet (water, soil, ecosystems and climate)

look for more diversity in your food

watch out for palm oil

stop food wastage


ŽIVICA (Slovensko)
Vides izglitibas fonds (Lotyšsko)
Bulgarian Blue Flag Movement (Bulharsko)
TEREZA (Česká republika)
Environmental Partnership Foundation (Polsko)


European Year for Development
Czech Development Agency

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