How we make stuff

  1. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  2. Teachers! download activities
  3. Get the book

Can we do things differently

Or could the ingredients for your burger have been produced by a local farmer who farms the way nature does, turning waste from animals and crops into food and using the sun as a source of energy?

Go back

Back
Watch Video

A different way

Could the ingredients for your burger come from a local farm?

Watch Video

Polyface farm

Meet a farmer who farms the way nature does.

Download PDF

Interview at Polyface farm

Read more about Polyface farm.

Download PDF

The power of ducks

Growing rice with a little help from ducks.

Watch Slidshow

Incredible Edible

Visit an English town that aims to grow all its own food.

Watch Video

From manure to electricity

How hog farms can produce electricity.

Awesome Facts

Next Back
  • Every day, over 40 million burgers are eaten in the USA alone!
  • Sesame seed pods burst open when they are ripe, scattering the seeds. This is probably where the phrase ‘Open sesame’ comes from.
  • Did you know that people who eat food from their local area are called ‘locavores’?
  • Nearly one third of the food we buy ends up in the bin!
  • In 1800, there were 1 billion people on the planet. Today we are 7 billion. This is a lot of people to feed!
  • There are about 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world today. This is a lot of cattle to feed!
  • In some countries, you can join a cow share scheme. You buy a cow with other people and pay a farmer to look after and milk it. In return you get free milk.
  • The first burger in a bun was cooked on a farm in Oklahoma in 1891.
  • Half of the food we eat in the UK comes from other countries.
  • More than half of the population on earth live in cities. Urban farming is becoming more popular.
  • Have you ever heard of food miles? It is the distance between where your food was grown, raised or caught, and your plate.
  • To produce 1 kilogram of cheese, we need 10 litres of milk and, to produce this milk, we need 10,000 litres of water.
  • To protect vegetables grown in greenhouses, some farmers have introduced ladybirds that feed on unwanted bugs. No need for chemicals!
  • We can now grow food in a solution rich in nutrients instead of soil. This is called ‘hydroponics’.

Teachers

Download fun and original activities to encourage 7 to 12 year old children to develop their understanding of a 'closed loop' economy and to stimulate discussion and debate.

Download Actiities

Based on the original book ‘How We Make Stuff’ by Christiane Dorion, Templar Publishing, 2012.
Website text by Christiane Dorion - Design by Harriet Pellereau - Development by Slipstream.

© 2012 Ellen MacArthur Foundation - Illustration © Beverley Young - Text © Christiane Dorion