The teaching ideas are categorised into four themes:
What if the food could actually talk? What would it be saying about how it was produced? What concerns (if any) should we have, economically, ethically, environmentally or socially, about the way food is produced?
Ideas for packaging-related activities addressing the issues around how food is produced, which would sit well alongside activities concerning nutrition and healthy eating and environmental education and the three Rs (reuse, reduce and recycle).
The way food is produced and what the labels and logos tell us link back to the farming methods that brought it to us. The resource therefore offers some ways to explore what the food labelling and logos tell us about how the food is produced on the farm. We have included case studies for the different assurance schemes, having worked carefully with the originators of food assurance schemes to gather clear examples of how farmers meet the criteria specified by individual labels.
Activities here act as a stimulus to get children thinking about what we want from our food. Do we want it as cheap as we can get it? Or are there other factors we should be considering when making decisions about where and how we buy our food?
Some of the activities address more than one of the themes above. A lot of the ideas contain ways to engage the children in a creative way, through art or role play, or help to develop thinking skills.