Posted: 14/11/2013 at 16:43
I think people have lost touch with where food comes from. My sisters kids wont eat "tree apples" because they might have a maggot in. My great neice, complained to my sister that she had been offered carrots at her friends house. She thought they were disgusting because they had been dug up out of the soil. For them fruit and veg comes from the supermarket in poly bags. It is washed, a regular size, and a lot more expensive than it should be because anything not fitting the perception of perfection is thrown away.
That really is sad to hear though I fear probably not all that unusual now. It is the novelty now to know someone who DOES grow their own vegetables (gosh in some places merely having a garden is a luxury) with parents having so little time or perhaps just inclination, so there are often little chances for a child to experience how food gets to their plate especially when if they were to ask their parents they're likely just to say "Tesco".
I'm really glad that some schools have gardening clubs as a space for children to get their hands muddy and invovled in the production of a crop and as side from muddy carrots it must prove wonders at teaching them patience and how now every thing is a 30 second microwave ping away. I just hope that budget cuts and health and safety don't get them all concreted over.
There was a study not that long ago ( try this link - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8492477.stm) where children were asked where their food came from.
Anyone for a duck yoghurt?