Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teaching Children Origin of Their Food; the Journal Taste Northeast England

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teaching Children Origin of Their Food; the Journal Taste Northeast England

Article excerpt

THOUSANDS of North East youngsters are reaping the benefits of a yearlong national initiative to teach them more about healthy eating and where food comes from.

The Year of Food and Farming (YOFF) has been developed in response to alarming research that found one in five children has never set foot in the countryside, has a serious lack of understanding of simple food chains and never picked then eaten fruit.

Now local producers and local authorities across the North East have joined forces to back the campaign, launched at the end of last year by Prince Charles, to equip children with the basic agricultural literacy they require to live a healthy life.

One such scheme being pioneered in the region is the Organic Milk Bar running in 10 schools across Newcastle's East End.

This partnership between East End Health and Acorn Dairy, based in Darlington, County Durham, sees keys stage one and two pupils receive a free bottle of organic milk a day. …

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