BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson has started the ball rolling in a push for a GCSE in agriculture.
The Cotswolds farmer said he hoped to ‘do for farms what Rick Stein has done for fish’ and make farming a permanent feature on the school curriculum.
He said: “You can get a GCSE in religious studies and business, so why not in agriculture?”
Farmers across twitter were quick to get on board with the suggestion with many agreeing it would be a much-needed to way to counter consumer ignorance on where food comes from.
Sports journalist Gabby Logan said it seemed ‘a very sensible idea’.
It came as UCAS certificates for higher education offered in the agriculture, horticulture and animal care sector rose by 117 per cent, according to data from The Knowledge Academy.
Carl Edwards, director of education and public engagement at Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), a recent merger with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), said young people needed a push to ‘value and understand’ agriculture.
“A full GCSE in agriculture is certainly an interesting idea and could offer one that has many benefits to everyone,” he added.
“If that is not possible, then we believe farming needs to have a stronger place within any educational programmes that look at business, health and or food, science and the world around us to reflect the important role agriculture plays in all our lives.
“Through schemes like our LEAF Open Farm school days, FACE regional educational consultants and the industry-wide Countryside Classroom alongside changes to the National Curricular, positive work is already being done, particularly at primary level, to reverse this generational decline.”