At a time when the world’s population is continually expanding and the global question of future food sources for humanity becomes ever more urgent, we Europeans throw away nearly a third of our prepared food. Not only is this an enormous ecological and financial problem, it is also a sign that there is something terribly wrong with our society.
The tool Economical Cook is a small but very effective step towards addressing these issues. Along with its positive financial and ecological benefits, it also raises our awareness of the problem and strengthens our sense of responsibility.
Cafeterias in both the public and private sectors – in businesses, schools, public institutes, hospitals, military bases, and so on – have a set weekly menu. They usually offer a choice of between two and four menus, sometimes more. At the counter where you pick up your food we install a simple touch screen that displays the dishes that will be served the next day. Careful! We’re talking about the NEXT DAY. People usually know already which items they want to eat, and so make their selection. This information then allows the head cook to know exactly how many servings of each dish need to be prepared. As a result, food amounts can be precisely estimated and waste reduced to the minimum. The tool itself is very easy to use and does not require system maintenance. Also, all options are open for working in a network or on the Web. The tool will achieve its real potential if it becomes widely adopted in society.
The best possible use of food not only has positive financial benefits, it also reduces energy consumption and so leads to a more positive relationship with the ecosystem.
In this way, Economical Cook can also play an important role in raising individual awareness. At its core, it is based on the notion of personal responsibility – the idea that people through their decisions can make a positive contribution to their own development and therefore also to society’s development. This awareness begins in our schools, where young people by using the tool come to understand the significance of the decisions they make and the responsibilities connected with them.
How we relate to food is how we relate to ourselves!