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A popular 75-year-old Australian cook has revealed that today’s children don’t know where food comes from, and are often missing basic life skills.

According Stephanie Alexander, one in four children don’t know where butter or cheese comes from. Forty-five per cent of children don’t know how to boil an egg, whilst three in five can’t bake  a potato.

Even more worryingly, children today seem to prefer processed foods over fresh fruit or vegetables. This eye-opening research has demonstrated the importance of food education for our grandkids.

Today, Ms Alexander believes it’s critical that kids help their parents and grandparents with grocery shopping and home-cooking.

“That opens their eyes to the infinite world of flavour and taste”, the popular food writer explained. “It’s an essential bit of education that’s missing”.

“For many (children), food is something that comes out of a packet or a refrigerator or a jar without them really understanding that there’s a back story”.

Ms Alexander would like to see more schools operate community farms, and support local produce. She believes this will help children become “well-rounded human beings” who understand the outdoors.

“Almost everything that the kids learn in the garden and the kitchen can relate to their general curriculum, so it’s a win win for everybody”, the 75-year-old said.

“In the city, when you live on small blocks of land or in apartments it’s really difficult to have that connection with where food is grown”, Ms Alexander added.

Do you go grocery shopping with your grandchild? Do you teach them how to cook? Are you worried that children today are out of step with nature?

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  1. My grandchildren have vegetable gardens and two of them go to a school with a Stephanie Alexander garden and kitchen which functions with teacher, parent and grandparent support.

  2. They should know from what they eat at the dinner table. Too many pre packaged and take away food is eaten.

  3. This should be part of education

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    • I agree with you Bronwyn I have just retired from work but have done a lot of cooking over the years and my small grandchildren love to watch and are looking forward to the time when I can teach all 4 of them to cook

  4. This news is not new. My brother in law was a high school teacher in Melbourne from 1975 until 2010. He was shocked to see that 4 out of 5 students in their first year of high school didn’t know anything about farming or food production. In fact, many of them had never even been out of the suburb they lived in. He organised farm trips and those trips are still happening at the school he spent so much time in.
    I live in a rural town and I ur kids know all about food production. I also know that many city schools have their own gardens and even keep farm animals.

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    • Alison Richmond
      He was. He loved his job and worked in one of the less privileged areas of Melbourne.
      Unfortunately, he passed away 6 months ago so never really got to enjoy his well earned retirement.

  5. There’s a little museum at Emu Plains, not far from us. It’s called The Arms of Australia Inn Museum, and it it is regularly visited by groups from Sydney primary schools.The staff put on a “tour” which involves all sorts of hands-on experiences for the kids, including making butter in a churn, shredding carrots (instead of meat) in an old mincer, making juices, mowing the grass with an old-fashioned hand mower, even washing with a washboard and mangle. It gives the kids an insight into what was like a couple of generations (and longer) ago. The kids absolutely love it.

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