Year 5 opened their lunch boxes and their minds yesterday in their daily maths lesson when they applied their problem solving skills to find how far their food has travelled to be with them.
Following their research and comparison of results which ranged from very low mileage for those buying local to extremely high results for meals which containing exotic foods the class discussed food miles and the great benefits of The Fair Trade Foundation to ensure better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers all over the world. There are over 1.4 million farmers and workers in 1,140 producer organisations across the Fairtrade system. More details and how you can get involved to support the Foundation on:
Using an online food mile calculator Year 5 were amazed at the distance their food had travelled and the harmful impact on the planet this would have had in terms of energy costs and pollution. After much research and discussion the class were convinced without doubt that growing your own food and buying food locally from British farmers and local farmers’ markets is far kinder to the environment.
More details of a local Farmers’ markets and farm shops in the Kettering district can be found on: