WATCH: Can your kids tell the difference between a potato and tomato?

Jamie Oliver tests these primary school kids in Huntington, West Virginia and finds they have trouble identifying fresh fruits and vegetables.

Why is this worrying?

Firstly, as diet-related diseases are on the rise globally. Secondly, because it's never been more important for young people to be more environmentally conscious.

Children need to be educated on where their food comes from, how it affects their bodies and how it impacts the environment.

The food industry is a big business.

While most of us can probably decipher a tomato from a potato, there is widespread ignorance amongst adults too, about the environmental costs of how our food is produced and the harm some ingredients in food (like processed foods) can do to our bodies.

Read more: 6 tips for eating for the planet: the link between your food and your carbon footprint

Our children, the future adult population will be pioneers in an unknown territory, of which science tells us will be fraught with new challenges, and environmental issues, of which they will need to adapt to.

We're so excited that sustainability is finding its way into school curriculums across Australia, which you can read more about in our post 'Why farming should be a compulsory subject at school'.

It shows that we are beginning to recognise the importance of teaching our children to live sustainably in a world which will increasingly feel the effects of global warming.

Teaching children to live sustainability through a hands-on approach that observes real world effects such as growing and maintaining an organic vegetable garden, means children are more likely to remember what they learned because it was concrete and personally meaningful.

Read more: Vietnam's Farming Kindergarten will make you want to be a 6-year-old again

Learning about sustainable ways of living early on also acts as a way to normalise such practices so they become part of everyday living.

Do you think kids should take time out of the school day to learn about caring for the land? We'd love to know how you teach your children about what they eat! Let us know in the comments section below.


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