Water education program
Water4Food chairman Terry Hogan says an extensive education program on the use of water in food production should be rolled out into Australian schools in coming months.
Water4Food, an initiative of the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils (RAMROC) member councils, is developing a series of DVDs of the importance of water.
The project is being done in association with the Murray Darling Association.
Cr Hogan, who is also RAMROC chair and Jerilderie Shire Mayor, said the first of the DVDs should be ready to go into schools by September.
The news comes after the release of a report from the Australian Council for Educational Re- search, which reportedly indicates no such program exists.
The report’s findings were highlighted by the NSW Farmers Association who say the ‘‘huge gap’’ in children’s knowledge of where food comes from must be rectified.
The Water4Food education campaign has been on the agenda for the organisation since its formation in 2008.
‘‘We are working with the Murray Darling Association to put out a series of DVDs, the first of which will explain the water cycle.
‘‘We are certain a lot of people, expecially young people in the cities, have a belief that once you have used a litre of water it disappears, and they believe it is a finite resource.
‘‘But it’s not a finite resource and we need to teach them that the water they use is recycled.’’
Cr Hogan said a follow up DVD will explain the importance of water in the production of food.
‘‘I don’t think there is a food we eat that doesn’t use water,’’ he said.
A third DVD will then be created to combine both subject topics, which Cr Hogan said can be used as a broader education tool. He said it would be disigned to reach a wider audience, not just school children.
Cr Hogan said he is aiming for the first DVD to be rolled out into schools in September or October this year, and the other two in the first part of 2013.