a majority of kids are kinestatic learners, they learn by doing. 80% of the world's population is involved in agriculture or some form of primary industry. 100% of the world depends agriculture and primary industries. Kids love to discover new textures, smells, colours and taste. There are extremely sucessful correctional programs in America that give juvenile deliquents opportunities to gain agriculture skills. We all have a natural love for exploration, it just needs to be guided.
getting kids to love food (IMO) is all about getting them involved. I'm support the concept already established of engagement. We learn the different holidays around the year, why can't we teach our kids the different vegetables in each season? Even Obama is recommending 'active participation' for parents for their child's educational benefit. Engage the parents! Give them a skill they can be proud of and their children will follow. As they say, 'lead the strong and the weak will follow'.
Don't have to bombard them with the depressive measures of monoculture and toxic methane released by hoarding livestock which is 7 times deadlier for the environment then carbon emissions. No need to tell them about arsenic ingress in chicken feeds to fatten them faster.
I take my son (and my daughter when she's old enough) to the markets on saturdays and we just start eating all the different raw vegetables at different stands (with the shopkeeper's permission of course). He is 3 years old and he can tell you the difference between a snow pea and a long bean. He definately knows the chillis from the capsicums and he can teach you to make an omelette. He spots strawberries from 20 meters away and i get nagged til i buy some...
He helps me plant the egg plants, chillis and beans in the back yard, we throw dirt at each other, we spray water at each other. when the plants grow, we eat them straight from the vine/shrub. I'm not suggesting that everyone needs a garden. Things like strawberries can be grown in a bucket. It teaches the kids responsibility and working for reward. It also fuels a love for quality food.
I love food, I'm proud of my knowledge of food and it's something I want my son to have, so that he can be proud too and pass it on to his kids. So my inspiration, is engagement. The kids have to be engaged, the parents have to be engaged. Start with a small group, watch it expand. Empower the parents with tools and knowledge to pass onto their children. Get them to sit some green (mung) beans on wet tissues and watch the miracle of growth/life as bean sprouts appear.
Kids are creative, why else would they eat banana in tomato sauce? they just need to be guided. Engaged them and show them the right way. Invest in them and they will give you returns you can't imagine. Nothing wrong with banana in tomato sauce btw, it's just not for me :)
Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?
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