You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

'It's vital children know where their food comes from' - Welsh Cabinet Secretary visits school to promote food knowledge


It follows a shocking report last week which revealed many children believe fish fingers are made from chicken.

Twitter Facebook
Share This

'It is vital that children know where their food comes from' - Welsh Cabinet Secretary visits school to promote food knowledge

Welsh cabinet secretary Lesley Griffiths said it was ‘vital’ children learned where their food came from following a shocking survey which revealed many children believed fish fingers were made of chicken and pasta came from animals.


Mrs Griffiths visited a high school in Wrexham as part of levy board Hybu Cig Cymru’s (HCC) work to promote knowledge of food origins in school.


According to the survey from the British Nutrition Foundation, 18 percent of five-seven year olds believed fish fingers were made of chicken, one in ten 11-14 year olds did not know carrots and potatoes grew underground and 6 per cent of 14 to 16 year olds believed dairy cows produced eggs.




Mrs Griffiths said: “It is vital that children know where their food comes from and how it is produced.


“These sessions are about sharing ideas for making lessons in food science fun and engaging, as well as deepening children’s understanding of the journey from farm to fork.”



She highlighted schemes such as Red Tractor and the Protected Food Names which aimed to reassure consumers about the origin and quality of produce.


“Helping children to understand this can only be a positive development,” she added.


The event was part of HCC’s work to develop classroom resources and provide training for teachers in partnership with the Welsh Joint Education Committee and regional education consortia.


It was aimed at supporting the new GCSE in Food and Nutrition and to help pupils gain the latest insights into the science of food preparation, as well as food origins and traceability.




HCC’s Consumer Executive Elwen Roberts, has delivered sessions accross Wales since the start of 2017 and said she was ‘thrilled’ by Mrs Griffith’s support.


“Together with teachers from across north Wales, we were able to have a hands-on session on how to prepare, cook and present dishes using a range of different cuts of red meat, and share ideas on how to teach children about applying science principles in food preparation and where food comes from.


“It’s an important part of HCC’s work to help schools to deliver the latest information to children on balanced diets, and help them to make informed choices by teaching them about food traceability,” she said.

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More News

Police officer live tweets investigation as sheep injured and killed by Jack Russell dogs

A police officer has been praised by farmers after live tweeting a sheep attack investigation in North Wales.

Royal Highland Show: Latest machinery debuts

Visitors to this year’s Royal Highland Show were treated to some of the latest products from both Scottish manufacturers and further afield across the UK and Europe. Richard Bradley reports.

VIDEO: Farm worker demands 'more respect' from drivers after near-misses caught on camera

A farm worker has demanded ’more respect’ from other road users after a series of near-misses involving his tractor.

Radio 1 DJ left red faced over Glastonbury vegan claim

Nick Grimshaw has been ridiculed by farmers on Twitter after stating the dairy farm used to host the Glastonbury music festival was ’the most vegan friendly place on the planet’.

Make dairy as important as the car industry, insists Dairy UK chairman

Dairy should receive the same treatment the car industry does in upcoming Brexit negotiations, according to the Dairy UK chairman.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds