In her new book Getting to Yum, child-feeding guru Karen Le Billon details funny-yet-depressing statistics about children’s food knowledge all over the world.
She cites a British study of 1,000 primary school students: only one in four knew that beef comes from cows. Another study of Australian children revealed that one-quarter thought yogurt grew on trees. One in five thought pasta came from animals.
Le Billon doesn’t cite the cases to chuckle at the ignorance of other people’s children, but to show a troubling global pattern in 21st century ignorance about where food comes from, what you should be eating, how to cook it and how much of it to eat — in a phrase, “food literacy.”
By Katie Hyslop
Oct 6, 2014
Tyee Solutions Society
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