Meeting in France (September 27th - October 3rd)

On this site you'll find some basic information on the meeting in Langon. And on the outcome of the students work. Also check out our videos, so that you get an impression what the meeting was like....

Tasks and outcome of the meeting

Every pupil, who took part in the comenius project, talked about food waste in their country before the meeting in France. The countries collected their results and ideas for a better treatment of food items so that food waste could be avoided or reduced. Here in France we met our partners from six different nationalities. We discussed our previous results in different working groups and learned much more about food and food waste in workshops and excursions.

Workshop1: Eating insects?

In the first workshop we learned how edible insects could be used as an alternative resource for proteins. In contrast to meat (e.g. beef 10%) up to 90% of the biomass that is contained in plants is transferred into insect biomass. Insects are therefore a much more sustainable protein resource than typical animals that are used in our diet. However, the focus of this idea doesn't lie in the replacement of traditional meat dishes. The production of insects is mainly a means of producing animal protein that can be used as food additives e.g. in protein shakes or power bars. This sounded in the beginning really gros, but the insects were not just crunchy, but also tasty ! Thanks for the nice and funny experience....


Workshop 2: Reusing bread

One major aspect of the meeting in France was waste of food. Food waste is a major issue the, even though the amount of wasted food varies considerably between the participating countries. (up to 90kg per person and year). If these numbers are added up Germany for example throws the amount of food that is needed for Austria in the garbage!!!
Therefore, we learned in a second workshop about the way of life in different countries and how wastage of food can be reused for example by reusing bread. A lady that was invited for the workshop showed us how to mix old bread with milk, eggs sugar and cinnamon to get a tasty meal... Does that sound familiar? The same recipe exist in all participating countries! This is a typical example of reusing old food as it was common during grandmas days...

workshop 3: Legumes oubliés (in Sadirac) - the forgotten vegetables

One solution for reducing the waste of food is to encourage people eating fruits and vegetables they consider ugly, but that are tasty and good for health : curved carrots, twin strawberries...


Workshop 4 : visit of a supermarket

Most people buy food in a supermarket.
It was interesting to discover what become the non bought food.
A part is sold at reduced price to employees, bread is given to farmers for animals.
And some supermarkets give food to NGOs for poor people.
But a part of the non consumed food is wasted.

More impressions about the meeting

The participating countries : Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Austria.
First day, from the top of the Dune du Pyla.

Dance and music festival in Archachon
Breakfast in the morning at the school cafeteria

"Comenius Project"
French Meeting
27 September to 3 October 2014

  1. When did you leave your country?
  2. Are there lots of differences between the food in your contry and the French food?
  3. How many times do you usually eat in yor country and at what tme?
  4. What do you eat for breakfast in your country?
  5. What is the typical food in your area?
  6. What activities did you enjoy the most?

Interviw with an italian student:
  1. At 7 a.m. Italian team left their country.
  2. The French food is not so different to the italian one.
  3. For breakfast at 7 a.m. , for lunch at 1/2 p.m. , for dinner at 8/9 p.m. In Italy we usually eat three times a day, and sometimes during the morning we have some snacks.
  4. Cereal and milk or coffee.
  5. The typical food are pizza and pasta.
  6. The activity which I enjoyed the most was the trip to the Dune de Plya.

Interview with a Norwegian student:
  1. We left Norway at 9 a.m.
  2. We don´t eat candy and cakes everyday. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in norway.
  3. We eat five times a day. Breakfast at 7 a.m. , lunch 10:30 a.m. , snacks when we come from school at 2 p.m. , dinner at 4/5 p.m. And snacks before we go to bed at 8 p.m.
  4. For breakfast we eat dark bread with milk.
  5. The typical food are salmon and mashed potato balls with bacon and meat.
  6. I had fun during the morning when we aet insects and we cooked the Pain Perdu.

Interview with a Spanish teacher:
  1. We left Spain at 11 a.m.
  2. There are many differences for example the Spanish flavour is more intensive than the French one.
  3. We usually eat three times a day. For breakfast at 7 a.m. , for lunch at 2/3 p.m. , for dinner at 9 p.m.
  4. For breakfast we usually have muffins with milk or with coffe.
  5. The traditional food in my country is an omelette with potatos.
  6. I enjoyed a lot working with the students and the teachers.

Interview with a German teacher:
  1. We left Germany at 5 p.m.
  2. There are a lot of differences. For example in France there´s more choice of food.
  3. We eat three times a day. We have breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at 1/2 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
  4. For breakfast we usually drink coffee and we eat fruits with bread and jam.
  5. Our typical food in Germany are Schweinebraten and Wiener Schnitzel.