If you are a parent; Should your child be taught to grow food plants at school? You probably think it’s a good question.
The modern era stands out with continuous technological advances and new inventions, providing the comfort and convenience we have never dreamed of living in the past. However, on the one hand, we lost a great deal of real-world knowledge and skills that we needed to survive and take care of ourselves.
This raises a question in our minds: If the current system suddenly collapses, do we know the basics of life to survive?
Natural disasters always happen, so it’s not as real as we believe. Therefore, teaching our children to grow their own food will be an invaluable lesson.
“Research shows that when children grow some of their food, they develop what we call“ food empathy,,
and establish a deeper relationship with foods that have proven to lead a healthier life. Children with food empathy have better nutrition,
more fruits and vegetables, and better understanding of food and nutrition. At a time when Ireland is still among the highest rates of childhood obesity in the EU,
making a deeper connection with food is more important than ever. “
In addition , Better Health Channel writes:
“People of all ages can enjoy horticulture, but especially children will have a lot of fun and gain special advantages.
Gardening is educational and develops new skills including: Responsibility – caring for plants Understanding – when they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants) Confidence – achieving their goals and enjoying the food they grow Love of nature – a chance to learn about the environment in a safe and pleasant environment Reasoning and discovery – learn about plant science, animals, weather, environment, nutrition and simple building science Physical activity – do something fun and productive Collaboration – including joint gaming activity and teamwork Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food Nutrition – find out where fresh food comes from. “
The unconventional reports :
“The chef Raymond Blanc has called for gardening lessons to be made compulsory in schools to help children learn the importance of fresh ingredients and healthy eating.
“We have a wonderful opportunity to truly reconnect with food. We need to engage with the outside world, with our gardens and the life within them,” Blanc said. “Children need to learn the simple magic of taking food from the seed, from the earth or from the rivers and then to transform it into something simple and delicious.”
“We have a multi-billion dollar problem with heart disease, diabetes, and obesity because of intensive farming and heavily processed food. We could learn to eat carrot soup produced from our gardens.”
What do you think of this idea?
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