Oyne pupils to get to grips with food

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Pupils at an Aberdeenshire primary school will debate the issue of ‘food miles’ - the distance food travels before it reaches the plate this month.

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

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

Laura Young, from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, will visit Oyne on Wednesday, March 14, to explain how to eat a diet that is not only good for people but also the environment.

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.”