UK dairy industry opens up to school children

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Dairy, Dairy production

A new UK scheme to help school children learn more about how dairy
products get from cows' udders to their lunch boxes is being
launched to improve children's understanding of the dairy industry.

The scheme, called Dairy Production, is the latest in a series of teachers' resource packs published by the Milk Development Council.

It is hoped the move can generate more interest among primary school children in where their food comes from.

The programme, intended to form part of the science and geography curriculum, will introduce pupils to the working life of a dairy farm. It deals with animal welfare issues as well as talking pupils through the dairy supply chain from farm to fork.

Diane Cannon, MDC School Milk Project manager, said: "Children are now being encouraged to review the impact of their food and drink choices on human health, the environment, the local economy and animal welfare.

"There weren't any resources available that gave an up-to-date, accurate picture of the dairy farming industry and so we have filled that gap."

The MDCs Milk Matters series has already released a 'Healthy Choices' educational pack, intended to bolster the image of dairy products in the face of ongoing criticism from some nutritionists that dairy can carry health risks.

The new Dairy Production pack contains teachers' notes, as well as 10 colourful activity cards for pupils with a variety of practical activities and investigations and lots of great photographs.

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