Levenmouth Academy explores sustainable food

Over the past two months 29 S3 Food and Health students from Levenmouth Academy have been working within Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Young Food Entrepreneurs project. This has supported them to; ask questions about the sustainability of how their food is produced, explore local food businesses and find out about skills required within the food production industry.

Young Food Entrepreneurs is funded by the Scottish Government and supports the development of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. The 29 students explored their own local food networks and reflected on the sustainability of their own food choices through different activities. Students discussed the choices made by farmers regarding how they grow food and different models of food production and processing.

Levenmouth’s students hosted Tom Mitchell from Puddledub who pride themselves on creating great tasting pork, with genuine provenance and a short supply chain. Tom helped the students to understand the local food networks which exist in Fife as well as sharing details of what he would look for in an employee embarking on a career in food.

Tom highlighted the wealth of opportunities available in the food industry including schemes available to train as Modern Apprentices. He was joined by Lisa, a student on placement at Puddledub from Abertay University’s Food & Consumer Science Degree who was able to give students an understanding of academic pathways into the food industry as well as possible career options available.

The students are now working on applying their knowledge through planning a One Planet Picnic meal in partnership with their local Rotary Club. They have ambitious plans and will be catering for 70 guests as a practical application of what they have learned in the Young Food Entrepreneurs project. Their meal will be prepared using sustainable ingredients e.g. seasonal, local, organic, or ethical produce as well as focusing on reducing packaging and food waste.

The students have demonstrated strong questioning skills throughout the project exploring a range of issues surrounding sustainable food as well as how different foods are produced. They felt that the following issues where important to consider when making sustainable choices about food:

“…many of the choices around food link together…”

“…fairtrade, because its fair to the people growing it and working to give us food…”

"…its healthy because it gives the kids the vitamins/minerals they need to grow healthily…”

 “…growing it didn’t damage the environment so more can be produced…”

“…cost is not the most important factor, just because its cheap it may not be good…”

Levenmouth Academy’s Home Economics department have developed a strong foundation of food literacy enabling students to place what they have learned through this project into a practical context. The students have been a credit to their school and their work preparing and hosting their One Planet Picnic will be a great opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge within their community.

For more information on Young Food Entrepreneurs please visit our website.  To express an interest in future offerings of this project for your school or local authority, send an email stating Young Food Entrepreneurs in the subject line confirming your contact details to food@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

14 March 2017

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