The importance of food security and how it can be brought into the classroom

Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

The term ‘food security’ is being used more frequently in recent years, with the Government putting greater emphasis on its importance.

With an ever increasing population, it is essential that everyone has access to the food and drink they need to survive, while at the same time ensuring that our planet remains healthy.

How can you bring food security into the classroom?

This year, the Wellcome Trust launched a new project called The Crunch which aims to get pupils thinking about how our food, our health and our planet are all interconnected. Thousands of schools around the UK have received free kits to engage pupils with this exciting project, providing loads of lesson ideas and activities to help teachers bring this important topic into the classroom.

The kits were full of fantastic activities, teaching pupils all about digestion, genetically modified food, astronaut’s diets, and much more.

Taking part in these activities got pupils examining our relationship with food, and exploring cutting edge research, helping people of all ages to think about how we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy.

On 9 November 2016, the National STEM Learning Centre is hosting a free, one-off twilight session to help primary teachers explore everything The Crunch has to offer.

This is a great opportunity to take a look at one of The Crunch resource kits and try some of the activities out for yourself.

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