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?
A different way
Could the ingredients for your burger come from a local farm?
Meet a farmer who farms the way nature does.
Interview at Polyface farm
Read more about Polyface farm.
The power of ducks
Growing rice with a little help from ducks.
Visit an English town that aims to grow all its own food.
From manure to electricity
How hog farms can produce electricity.
- 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’.
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.