It comes from where?

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Bananas growing on a tree. Image courtesy of foto76 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bananas growing on a tree. Image courtesy of foto76 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do your kids know where a banana comes from? What about beetroot? Or say sugar? I was alarmed to read that many kids don’t know or don’t have a clue! Yes just amazing!

In a news.com.au article it discusses the percentages of children that have no clue on where some vegetables or how yoghurt and ice cream are made.

According to the article:

“More than 50 per cent didn’t know that beetroots were grown in the ground, 75 per cent couldn’t identify a leek or radish, and 58 per cent struggled to name a nectarine.”

The survey was conducted by Woolworths in conjunction with Jamie Oliver to understand how much children knew about their food. Woolworths is teaming up with Jamie Oliver to bring his campaign of eating fresh food to Australia. The campaign aims to educate kids on healthy food choices and the positives of eating fresh produce.

 Could your kids name a nectarine in a sea of other fruit? Would they know?

 

Now this is a nectarine. I know it can be similar looking to a peach. Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Now this is a nectarine. I know it can be similar looking to a peach. Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Another quote from the article below:

 “Research also found that six in 10 children were unaware that herbs such as mint grew in the ground, and 70 per cent didn’t know where sugar came from.”

Beetroot that has just been picked from the ground. Yum I love beetroot. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Beetroot that has just been picked from the ground. Yum I love beetroot. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

After reading the news article, it got me thinking….How many of the foods from the article can your kids name? I used to live round the corner from sugar cane farms so have chewed on raw sugar cane. Not a great experience but you got the idea of the taste. Although it was more grassy than sugar. Growing up in North Queensland, I was lucky to have all sorts of things growing in my garden, bananas, mangoes, grapes and so much more.

Maybe kids need to go off for visits to learn more of where food comes from? Is this a sign of our modern times?

What are your thoughts? Let me know

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