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Food Science Course in K-12 Education

Bring producers, retailers and other members of the food supply chain into the classroom via video, in-person talks or field trips. Teach our kids how to understand what's in a grocery store. Learn how the body processes different foods. Inform an entire generation on how to be better consumers, chefs, industry workers, farmers, etc.

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We teach Environmental Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, etc. to our children. Why not a required course in Food Science? If we walk down the street and interview people, how many use Chemistry in their current career? How many use Calculus?

I understand primary education is about learning to learn, but why not throw in a practical life course, like Food Science? We all eat, but we don’t all work with quartz or use the Pythagorean’s Theorem each day.


Unfortunately, this means we toss the current generation overboard and focus on the kids!

Both rural schools and urban schools would benefit, perhaps in slightly different ways. Farmers would contribute teaching videos, sponsor field trips, you name it. Grocery Store managers, chefs, anyone involved in the supply chain would present to the students. Assignments would range from understanding ingredients of products, what preservatives do, how food gets processed by the body… possibilities are endless! And kids will never look at food the same way again – lasting impression.

Today’s producers educate tomorrow’s consumers. Urban has a greater understanding/respect for rural. Rural learns where the food goes. Some students will grow up to work in a better food industry. And all the challenge goals (nutrition, security, obesity, etc) are baked into the curriculum.

The inspiration for this idea came from this video: Education is key to a better world for all. And this idea can be implemented globally.

PS: Would toss water consumption/scarcity into the curriculum. Great topic!


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Totally agree having the resources in many of schools. 4H was huge in Texas. And agree it is more of a track than a part of the mainstream curriculum.

There are multiple ways to teach a subject. Why couldn't chemistry and food science go hand in hand? Teaching the chemistry side, but using food science as the applied skill. Biology? Genetics in the food system. Still learn genetics, but with a practical side.

We suffer from teaching kids in hindsight. We have to wait decades after an event for it to get into the curriculum. Kids understand history and formulas, but learn little about being in the moment... the chaos of today's world and today's decisions. We don't need an investigation of the past (100%), we need to learn how to interpret the present day!

Someone must be doing Food Science...

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