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1397: Children, food, farming and the countryside

This paper is taken from ‘Benchmarking the views of children aged 7-15, on food, farming and countryside issues’ prepared by: Jenny Ehren , Rosemary Duff, CHILDWISE for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and Farming & Countryside Education (FACE).

Year of Publication2011

83% of primary but only 60% of secondary children get involved on growing food and 79% of primary and 87% of secondary children cook at home. Most children appear to know what they need to do to maintain a healthy diet. 80% of primary children and 59% of secondary have visited a farm in the last three years. Most children overlook the importance of technology and business skills among farmers. Most secondary children favour organic over conventional production. One in five children say they never visit the countryside.

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