Inspiring young people about food, farming and the countryside

We want children who are in school today to develop the skills to tackle the challenge of feeding the world’s future population.

We know this is no small task and that we all need to work together to address the scientific, social and political factors behind the food we eat.

That’s why our work helps children to understand the origins of food; to enjoy growing, cooking and eating food together; to take personal action to reduce waste; to look after wildlife, and to make thoughtful choices.

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Core to LEAF Education's work is the provision of  educational resources, advice and workshops relating to environmental matters with a global impact.

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The role of food in society

Food is not just fuel. Eating is not just a social event. Every mouthful we eat connects us to people and places, near and far and is loaded with personal and social values. Every meal contains choices that affect our own and other people’s health, prosperity, freedoms, and even survival.  To sustainably feed a population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, we are going to need bright people and collective will-power to solve the scientific, political and social challenges ahead.

There are also no simple answers. The world is ever-changing, and there are positives and negatives to:

  • large and small scale food production
  • global or local sourcing
  • labour intensive or highly automated systems
  • applying modern science or ancient wisdom
  • indoor or outdoor growing and rearing
  • high or low density farming
  • urban or rural farming
  • farming for utility or beauty

In reality, these are not dichotomies but highly nuanced and deeply interwoven issues. Today’s children are tomorrow’s decision-makers and we want to empower them to make bold, brave and intelligent decisions that will secure the planet’s future.