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Education about the food supply chain

It's often said that the public needs more education about how food is produced, so
that they can make good choices about what food to buy. However, really effective education needs to take into account the attitudes and values that are already held. So finding out what people really think about food, and what motivates their choices, is an important first step in working out what good food education looks like. At an event held at Coleg Powys last October, about 20 people representing all parts of the food chain, from farmers and growers to retailers and caterers, and from 16-year-old students to over-60s, came together to explore what had brought them into the food industry and
how they wanted to see it develop.

They talked about their lives: how their parents
had been farmers for example, or taught them
how to cook, or about discovering new foods
when they went to university or reading about
food shortages in the developing world. They
also thought about what the ideal food system
would look like, and what stops us getting there.
Finally they discussed what education is needed,
and called for the return of cookery and
gardening skills, a better understanding of food
systems and a return to valuing shared meals
and food culture.

The event was organized by staff from OCW, the
Centre for Alternative Technology, Swansea
University and Glyndwr University, who are
working together to develop food education as part of the Wales Regional Centre of
Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

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