Teaching children where their food comes from

Learning about farming started early for this youngster competing in the Young Handlers class at the Lincolnshire Show. Photo: SG190614-107TW

Learning about farming started early for this youngster competing in the Young Handlers class at the Lincolnshire Show. Photo: SG190614-107TW

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The NFU has said the industry must do all it can to teach youngsters about where their food comes from.

The direction follows research showing 84 per cent of five to eight young olds said they would love to visit a farm.

The figures were revealed as part of British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week, which saw the NFU hosting a live ‘webinar’ teaching children about farming that was tuned in to by the 4,400 schools signed up for the campaign.

NFU vice-president Guy Smith said: “We are thrilled that so many youngsters have said they do want to know more about where their food comes from and they would like to get down on to a farm.

“Farming is already well-received by the public, and popular with children. You only have to look at times when we open our doors to the public.

“But the industry is in a great position to be able to do more to fulfil this need. By connecting with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), pupils and teachers will be able to understand the work that goes into producing top quality food from this country.

“Our farmers welcome the opportunity to open their farm gates and celebrate what’s great about great British farming.”