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Five ways to talk to your kids about food and farming

It feels as though younger generations are becoming increasingly detached from their food and how it makes its way to their plates.

 

It’s so important to ensure young children are aware of the health benefits of certain products and, also, give them a reason to be interested in eating properly.


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Recent studies have showed us some alarming figures. Do children associate farming with food? It seems not.

 

For something we do three times a day, surveys have showed that knowledge from younger generations is scarily limited when it comes to talking about food, farming and farm animals.

 

Misunderstanding

 

One of the most shocking statements form the results was how a high number of those children questioned thought fish fingers were made of chicken, and cows were the size of double decker buses.

 

It poses an upsetting question: What about the future of farming?

 

With such a limited understanding of food production, it is time to take on the task of educating the next generation not only about food, but about what great work our British farmers do and the health benefits a varied diet can bring.


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Talking to children

 

With many already championing education in the sector, it can sometimes be difficult to really highlight that farm to fork link, especially for those living in urban areas.

 

But with more and more schools taking on schemes to send their pupils out to farms to experience it first hand, we can perhaps take a few smaller steps closer to home to give children a better understanding of our industry.

Five ways to introduce farming to your kids

Five ways to introduce farming to your kids
  • Cook with them: Taking half an hour once a week to make something from scratch with your little ones will give them more insight in to different ingredients. It doesn’t have to be complicated – even chopping vegetables for a salad will allow them to see a variety of fresh produce.

 

  • Grow your own: You don’t have to dig out an allotment in your back garden, a simple tomato plant or even herbs will do the trick. Giving your children a chance to get hands on, planting the seeds themselves and watching it grow will excite them. Or you could go for the classic potato with cress hair option!

 

  • Days out: There are so many farm attractions across the country. Not only can you get involved with the animals, but many produce their own food products too. Here are some of the best ones...

 

  • Say it to schools: If you feel you’d like schools to cover the topic more, you could mention it to the teachers or to any school boards that could help to implement this in to the curriculum.

 

  • Books: Why not include a farm-related tale at bedtime? There are some classics to consider of course, including Charlotte’s Web and The Sheep-Pig, or The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales is an intriguing collection of on-farm antics. One farmer from Dorset even created his own book after reading the results of recent surveys. Read more here
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