Dig for Survival
By Angie, Apr 16 2013 09:26PM
We have suddenly gone from "Are allotments going out of fashion?" to "We need to grow our own veg to survive" in just under two months!
Panic headlines aside, apparently, the UK imports a staggering 40% of food consumed.
One aspect recommended is that children are taught about the origins of the food they eat and get their hands dirty growing vegetables at school and home.
Well, I can think of no better way to do this than by introducing a child to growing at home or at an allotment.
But it doesn't end there. As a country, we have a massive food waste issue and many of us have been brainwashed by supermarket sell-by dates as markets have disappeared. My parents didn't grow a lot of food, but my mother only ever bought fruit and veg from a market. Were there sell-by dates then? Of course not.
You simply had to only buy what you knew you would use or learn how to perserve food when food was seasonally cheap to buy (I remember my mum buying runner beans at the end of market day for knock down prices and then helping her to prep them for freezing). My mum worked full-time, yet I wonder how many full time working parents would bother prepping runner beans for the freezer?! Of course, food was a lot more expensive - perhaps it was UK produced and not imported?
So, I think it is my duty as a parent to teach children not to waste food and make the most of food.
I think my personal duty is working though. My five year old was recently overheard lecturing her four year old brother who was refusing to eat his fish with the line "you need to eat it because a little fishy died to give you that dinner". Not a scrap of food remained on the plates at the end of the meal!
What do other people think? Is the way forward to grow your own food - or is life too precious to waste time pursuing such activities? I would love to hear people's points of view.