A smallholder’s world
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.