'Mum, where does dinner come from?'

30 Jul, 2012 09:14 AM

THE declining knowledge of children about the basics of food production has prompted the WA Farmers Federation (WAFF) to look for new ways to promote farm education.

The WAFF has confirmed it is in talks with the Department of Education to strategise how farming practices could be detailed in the state's curriculum.

WAFF president Dale Park said children often struggled to explain how bread, fruit and dairy products made their way to the dinner table.

"Children of today know less about where their food comes from than ever before," Mr Park said.

"There is such a divide between the country and the city.

"That's the sort of thing we want to see changing."

His comments refer to a survey released by the Primary Industries Education Foundation in March, which found 75 per cent of students thought cotton socks were an animal product.

In the same survey, 71 per cent of students thought that most of Australia's logs came from native tree forests, when in fact, two-thirds of harvests are from plantations.



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