Mearns school pupils get to grips with food miles

Pupils in the Mearns will debate the issue of ‘food miles’ - the distance food travels before it reaches our plates - in an interactive workshop next week.

The event, which forms part of National Science and Engineering Week, will allow P4-7 pupils to learn about what makes a healthy, sustainable diet.

National Science and Engineering Week shines the spotlight each March on how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.

Laura Young, a Knowledge Exchange Assistant from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health will visit Mill O’Forest Primary School, in Stonehaven, on March 14 and the town’s Arduthie Primary School on March 16 to explain how we can eat a diet that it not only good for us but the environment as well.

She said: “Pupils will identify some common foods using just their sense of smell and touch and will find out where these originate.

“They will explore how produce travels from abroad to reach us here in Scotland and how this can impact the environment.

“The approaches we adopt will enable pupils to come to decisions regarding their diet based on many factors including food miles and nutritional value.

“This is becoming an increasingly important issue for us all as we search for a healthy, sustainable diet for the future and I’m looking forward to working with pupils in the Mearns to explain the importance of understanding where our food comes from and how it gets to us.”

For details of other events during National Science and Engineering Week visit www.abdn.ac.uk/science/public/nsew