Children Are Do Not Know The Source Of Their Food
This survey was conducted to determine children’s awareness and knowledge of various food products including vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy products. According to the findings, nearly two-thirds of children from the South West region of the United Kingdom do not know the origins of food products that they consume, including burgers, eggs, and yogurts.
Among the findings of this survey:
- Less than one in four children knew that beef burgers originate from cows, 29% believed they came from pigs.
- Two-thirds correctly identified the source of potato crisps as potatoes, while other believed they were from rabbits, plastic, or sheep.
- 43% correctly identified the source of ice cream as milk or cream, while other thought it was made with cheese, air, fish, or potatoes.
- Overall recognition of vegetables was high, however, with 98% able to correctly identify carrots and corn, to a low of 44% able to identify turnips.
- Levels of animal recognition were higher, with all identifying cows correctly, 99% for pigs, 98% for chickens and 97% for sheep.
- 70% of children correctly answered that five portions of fruit or vegetables per day were part of a healthy diet.
- 77% of students had visited a farm and slightly under two-thirds in the southwest had grown their own vegetables.