Kids encouraged to veg out in school

Published on Monday, 23 May 2011 16:15
Posted by Scott Buckler

Children in more than half our secondary schools are missing out because they don’t grow their own fruit and veg according to a group of experts including a celebrity gardener, an international sportsman and a national supermarket (May 23rd)

The group have come together to encourage more schools to grow fruit and vegetables.

The Food Growing in Schools Task Force is led by Garden Organic and includes Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, former England rugby union captain Lawrence Dallaglio, The Sun’s gardening correspondent Peter Seabrook, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Women’s Institute, and Morrison’s supermarket.

Research shows that more than 96 per cent of children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables and that children in schools which grow food eat more than one and a half more of their five-a-day than other school children.

Launching the Task Force at the Chelsea Flower Show today, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:

With fewer than half of our secondary schools involved in growing schemes, our children are missing out on a growth opportunity.

“Getting kids growing their own fruit and vegetables not only teaches them where food comes from and the importance of eating healthily, but can also teach them enterprise skills and build community spirit. That’s why we’re backing this scheme to encourage every school to be a growing school.”

The Task Force will look at schools that are already running successful growing schemes and find out what’s preventing other schools following their lead. Defra-funded research will back the Task Force with evidence on the ways that growing food can benefit children.

 

Source: Defra

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