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Where Does Our Food Come From?
A lesson to help grade 3-8 students appreciate the impact our food system has on climate change
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October 20, 2017
Green Teacher
Photo: Susan Rauchwerk

Climate change is an issue that can easily overwhelm young learners. The following lesson uses the lens of food to help learners consider the multifaceted nature of the problem and its solutions. Few students understand the complex system of global food production, or that agriculture contributes one third of current CO2 emissions. This lesson sparks investigations into the social, economic, and scientific factors that influence how food is grown and produced, and invites learners to consider how their food choices can impact global climate change.

Life in North America does a good job of distancing us from the reality of food systems. By investigating the source of their food, students begin an individualized journey into global health and personal wellness. It is an area where they can become empowered to effect change, given that they exert quite a bit of control over what they eat.


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