A small­holder’s world

Gormet goatlings

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

LAST month we high­lighted TV pre­sen­ter and farmer Adam Hen­son’s cam­paign to ed­u­cate all school chil­dren into where their school dinners come from and how the raw ma­te­ri­als are pro­duced. This fol­lows a sur­vey car­ried out by the Bri­tish Nu­tri­tion Foun­da­tion which re­vealed some se­ri­ous mis­con­cep­tions chil­dren have about food. For example, sig­nif­i­cant numbers thought cheese came from a plant, toma­toes grew un­der­ground, fish fin­gers were made of chicken and pasta came from an an­i­mal. One or­gan­i­sa­tion helping to ed­u­cate chil­dren on food and farm­ing is Farm­ing and Coun­try­side Ed­u­ca­tion (FACE). The reg­is­tered char­ity aims to in­form chil­dren and young peo­ple about food and farm­ing in a sus­tain­able coun­try­side. They have pre­vi­ously handed out re­sources to schools which show chil­dren and young peo­ple where food comes from and the role farm­ing has on their lives, while also pro­vid­ing ac­cu­rate and up-to- date in­for­ma­tion about mod­ern agriculture. In 2015, a sur­vey showed that more than four in five pri­mary age school chil­dren said they would visit a farm to find out more about where their food comes from. The NFU said that these sta­tis­tics show that food and farm­ing is a sub­ject that peo­ple of all ages can en­gage with, helping them to make more in­formed choices about the food they eat.

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