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Food education schemes
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 5
Around 2,000 primary school pupils across Scotland will take part in specially created ’food and farming’ education days this year thanks to an expanded grant scheme. The Rural Affairs Secretary revealed that 12 schools will receive funding to help them host special Farmers’ Market events, building on the success of a scheme launched last year.
Educating children about the importance of our food chain is one of the key areas highlighted in the Scottish Government’s national food and drink policy Recipe for Success which recognises that some young people do not understand how their food is produced, how it is cooked, and how the choices they make about food affect their health and impact on the environment. This year, funding will be provided to the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and Eco-schools to allow 1,800 primary six pupils to take part in food and farming days; for 12 schools to host Farmers’ Markets; and for a range of Eco-schools activities to be delivered around the theme of ’food and environment’.