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Petition for Food, Growing, Cooking & Nutrition in the Curriculum

Learn for life

HUGE PROBLEM: 20%, (and rising), of NHS budget is now spent on food related illness such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

WHY? Because people lack knowledge about healthy food, cooking and nutrition. And are consuming the wrong food & drink. SIGN HERE

WHY? Because:
1. People have become disconnected from where their food comes from; ‘milk comes from supermarkets not cows’

milk from cows

2. EU ‘Cheap Food’ policy has subsidised intensive farming & distorted the Real price of food; ‘flavour or shelf life?’
3. Small mixed farms and dairies have been replaced by intensive farms; ‘what is growing in that field?’
4. Schools stopped teaching cooking; ‘we need computer rooms not kitchens’
5. A high percentage of both parents work; ‘we need to pay the mortgage’
6. Cheap fast food & ready meals help busy parents feed their family; ‘Burger for Jonny, Pizza for Mary’
7. Marketeers continually tell us to buy bad products; ‘Redbull gives you wings’
8. Schools that have veg patches have to rely on volunteers; ‘if it’s not on the curriculum, I am not doing it!’
9. UK government departments are not joined up so even if a need is recognised change is very difficult; ‘Brexit’

What should I buy?

SOLUTION: Add food growing, cooking and nutrition to every academic subject in the National Curriculum

1. Every school should have a veg patch and fruit trees (thousands of schools already have these)
2. Use Sugar Tax to pay for construction and maintenance of veg patches
3. Every school to link with a local shop or farmer to sell their excess produce; BigBarn’s Crop for the Shop
4. Add content to each academic subject relating to growing, cooking and selling food & drink*
5. Kids encouraged to grow food at home, plus teach mums and family how to buy good food, and cook

I love veg now

1. Sugar tax can pay for veg patches and maintenance
2. Farmers are already being paid to look after the environment, subsidies can be updated to include working with schools
3. BigBarn & a number of other organisation have teaching notes that can be refined for the curriculum
4. A focus group can be assembled to implement the change

1. Huge reductions in NHS spend on food related illness as children eat healthier food & influence parents
2. Jobs created as students gain an interest in the local food industry
3. Communities built around the school veg patch, local farm/shop and produce

‘Let’s cook with these mum’

NOTES for Curriculum
1. seeds per square meter, price per kilo; Maths.
2. soil type, gravel; Geography
3. plant growing & pests; Biology
4. fertiliser; Chemistry
5. product labelling; Art & English
6. selling & marketing; Business Studies/Economics

With the cost so low and the reward so high it is amazing that the government have not changed the curriculum years ago. To help make this happen soon please sign this petition and send the link to as many friends and colleagues as you can.


  1. Toni-anne Alyn says:

    I have signed.

  2. David Mason-Johns says:

    Bring back Home Economics – and not just for kids. It is about time kids knew where Milk, eggs, butter and fruit came from. Tescos is a Grocer not a grower

  3. Susan Wilson says:

    My Domestic Science lessons at school gave me the lifelong basics to cook from scratch, something I have built on over the years & passed on to my 2 grown up children, who both like to cook. It is invaluable – we all need to eat & be able to make informed choices about what we eat.

  4. Jenny Smith says:

    Excellant idea…

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