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We know that 20% (and rising) of the NHS budget is spent on food related illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This is mainly because people lack knowledge about healthy food, cooking and nutrition.
We want to tackle that by getting growing, cooking and nutrition back on the national curriculum. They naturally fit with a whole host of compulsory subjects and we’ll start shaping a healthier, more aware and happier population! We need our future generations to appreciate where food comes from – ‘Milk comes from cows, not from the supermarket!’
What we want.
1. Every school to 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
Budgets are tight, who pays for this?
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
How this fits the current curriculum.
1. Maths – seeds per square meter, price per kilo.
2. Geography – soil type, gravel, water cycle.
3. Biology – plant growing, companion growing and pests.
4. Chemistry – fertiliser.
5. Art, English & IT – product labelling, writing to persuade.
6. Business Studies/Economics – selling & marketing.