Although some places in the States have been making stronger efforts to teach school kids about nutrition and where their food comes from, perhaps we in the States could greatly benefit from following in the U.K.’s footsteps by implementing a national program and revising current Home Economics courses?(http://www.education.gov.uk/schoolfoodplan/news/a00221479/school-food-plan-cook-curric) I remember primarily learning how to sow in Home Ec.–as well as how to make twinkies. We certainly didn’t learn where food comes from, nor did we learn much else related to food or cooking.
Numerous studies have shown that kids are more likely to try new and healthier foods if they helped prepare them and were allowed to be involved in the cooking process (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/health/healthspecial2/15eat.html?pagewanted=print&_r=0). Hats off to the U.K. for setting a good example for the rest of us.