Information about the Great Question Challenge will be announced in January. Check back then for more information.
Food experts calculate that 30-50% of the world's food production is lost to some form of waste. In the United States it is estimated that about 25% of edible food is never consumed. This problem has economic, social and environmental consequences.
"The Great Question"
Can your team create a workable solution that can be implemented in your local/regional community to effectively reduce food waste? Your team may explore solutions from the perspective of developing a business, conducting community service and volunteer activities, educational program development, or from another area of creative thinking.
When and Where
The competition will be held at the Nebraska State Fair on September 3, 2012 in the 4-H Building from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Tickets for admission will be given to participating team members.
There will not be an entry fee for this competition.
• Teams of 2 to 4 members may compete
• Competition will be limited to the first 18 teams that register
• Two divisions – Ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 19 as of January 1st
• Must be a 4-H member in good standing
• Teams will have 5 minutes to present their solution followed by a 2-3 minute Q&A from the judges
• Presentations may utilize PowerPoint, video, poster boards, etc.
• Top three teams in each division will receive an award
• Innovation depends on the concept that “2 heads are better than 1” so involve all members of your team in the solution.
• Consider taking some time to observe the food system in your local community – restaurants, fast food businesses, hospitals, senior centers, food banks, school cafeterias, grocery stores, food processing businesses, farmers, and even your own families – interview people and learn more about how food is managed and utilized.
• Develop some alternative strategies and present them to food leaders in your area – think through their suggestions and critique of your ideas – refine your approach. Ask questions about what would have to change for your solution to work – can it be turned into a business opportunity or a community service project?
• Research what is being tried in other communities but remember that rarely is there a recipe solution that works in all situations – you know your community so design something that works where you live.