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Children should be taught how to grow food in school and here’s why

We live in a world where everything is handed to us in an instant. But if something were to go terribly wrong, would we be able to build the world from the ground up? With that being said, planting and growing one’s food must be taught to kids in school.

Aside from learning this important life skill, it also encourages “food empathy,” which makes kids healthier by helping them understand nutrition more. Also, children develop responsibility, understanding, and reasoning while taking care of plants. It’s also a creative physical activity where kids can cooperate with other kids while getting in touch with nature.

Growing their own food will make children appreciate organic food, which will help lead them to live healthier and avoid food-related diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Teaching gardening in school is like hitting two birds with one stone, as it’s both fun and healthy!

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    1. I am in favor about this notion as it helps chiloren to understand the essence of life through vegetable farming. Hope I can start in my little lot in our Highland lot.

    2. Completely agree. Not just for the sake of preparedness, but for a holistic education. I recall being taught some gardening techniques in elementary but what was sorely lacking was the rationale WHY we have TO LEARN HOW TO GROW food. Esp. in medicine, this pandemic has taught people the value of ginger and garlic. If all the markets are closed then where will you find them?

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