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Chocolate money

Europeans love chocolate - we eat over half the world's supply! The bad news is that we are eating more cocoa than can be produced and soon chocolate may become a rare and precious commodity as farmers struggle to meet demand. In this activity students apply their knowledge of pollination to discuss why cocoa yields on a plantation are decreasing. They then find out who funds scientific research by taking roles in a funding meeting - can they work out a deal where all parties will benefit? In this lesson students will analyse a science issue using:

  • Ecosystem: why insect pollination is important in producing our food
  • Science in society: understand who funds scientific research

Curriculum links include:

  • Experimental skills and investigation: ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
  • Relationships in an ecosystem: the importance of plant reproduction through insect pollination in human food security

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