Developing Essential Messages Concerning the Environmental Impacts of Food Choices for High School Students
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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The current industrialized food system of the United States has been linked to many serious environmental and health problems, thus making food system issues an important topic to be taught through environmental education and interpretation. The purpose of this project was to examine the current state of the food system at Conserve School, an environmental science-based semester school, and use that information along with information gained from reviewing literature to form educational messages that target audiences within the school and encourage environmentally responsible behavior regarding the environmental impacts of food choices. This was accomplished first by gathering information about efforts at the school toward food system sustainability. Related articles were then reviewed and used to form educational messages about food system issues that could be related to Conserve School’s efforts. These educational messages were organized into conceptual designs for interpretive signage. It is the hope of the researcher that the school will use the conceptual designs presented in this project to create interpretive signs that can be used to educate students of the semester school about the environmental impacts of the food they eat.