Farming Matters: Eat British food at school

Happy little girl as a chef preparing vegetables for cooking
Happy little girl as a chef preparing vegetables for cooking

Parents want to see British food on school menus, and more lessons on the curriculum about food and farming.

This is according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the National Farmers Union.

Parents overwhelmingly showed their support for British farmers in the survey.

Seventy six per cent want schools to Buy British whenever possible, and 88 per cent felt it was very important to explain to pupils where their food comes from and how it is produced on the farm.

NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: “As a mum myself the results of this surevey come as no big surprise.

“It’s great that many parents are as passionate as me about the origin of school meals and their children being able to access a nutritious meal at lunchtime.

“The NFU would encourage head teachers to engage with their catering provider and supply chain to procure more British food, recognised easily by the Red Tractor logo.

“Parents clearly want to see information regarding where the food comes from, and that it is British.”

Ms Batters also acknowledged the growing desire among parents to see their children learning about how and where their food is produced.#

She said: “With food and farming now part of the school curriculum, we would urge teachers to connect with organisations such as Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) to organise on farm educational visits where pupils will be able to understand the work that goes into producing top quality British food.”