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Many Welsh children uninformed about organic food

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A survey has found that almost one third of Welsh children had never heard of organic food and only half could identify any characteristics of food produced using organic farming and production methods, Natural Products reports. The study, commissioned by Organic Centre Wales as part of its campaign to promote the benefits of buying organic produce, involved interviews with more than 500 children between the ages of seven and 15 from across Wales.

 “As a country that is proud of our achievements on the environment and developing policies that promote sustainability, this survey highlights an area of our children’s education that needs some urgent attention,” said Jane Powell who heads up schools activity for Organic Centre Wales. “As a relatively new body we have been working directly with schools and local education authorities to promote awareness and understanding of organic production and why it is important but this survey shows just how much more work there is to be done.”

Jeanette Orrey, one of the UK's most widely respected and inspirational experts on school food policy, will be speaking on Local Food for Local Schools at the Royal Welsh Show in a seminar organised by Organic Centre Wales (OCW) on 23 July 2012. Jeanette is working with OCW on a project in Monmouthshire to increase public understanding of sustainable food and farming, and in particular to promote awareness of organic food.

 


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