Survey finds one in five children aren’t aware that bacon comes from pigs
5th August 2015 10:53 - Food
According to the findings of a recent survey - conducted on behalf of the sustainable food and farming organisation, Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) - one in five children do not know that bacon comes from pigs, with one in twenty believing that cheese comes from them.
The survey also found that more than one third of children had never heard a cow or sheep noise in real life, indicating that youngsters are becoming worryingly ignorant about where their food comes from.
The concerning findings also revealed that a quarter of children do not know the names for baby animals such as cows, sheep, pigs and chickens.
When the children were asked about fruit and vegetables, there was a similar ignorance, with five per cent of the children believing that strawberries grow in the fridge and six per cent thinking that they grow on trees.
More than 25 per cent of the children surveyed were not aware that carrots grow underground, with nine per cent thinking that they grow on a bush.
Similarly, sixty per cent revealed that they didn’t know that lettuce grew on the ground and seventy eight per cent were not aware that broccoli grew on a plant.
Annabel Shackleton, from Linking Environment and Farming, said of the findings:
"Results show that there is still a disconnect with farming for today's youngsters, as well as for many parents.
"We must all work together to ensure that this does not become an increasing trend.
"To make sure we get clued up on farm we're calling on all families to head to their local farm on 7 June for Open Farm Sunday, this way they can experience all the sights and sounds of a farm."
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