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British children lack basic food knowledge, survey shows

A survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has revealed some serious misconceptions children have about food.

According to new research by the BNF, which spoke to more than 27,500 children across the UK, cheese comes from plants, tomatoes grow underground and fish fingers are made of chicken.

Nearly a third (29%) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same.

Pasta comes from an animal, according more than one in ten (13%) of eight to 11 year olds, and a quarter of primary school children say that cheese comes from plants.

Knowledge about vegetables is also poor, the research found.

Just over a third of primary school children ate at least five portions of fruit and vegetable the day before the survey, but more than two-thirds knew you should be eating at least five.

At Mrs Dowsons, education is at the for-front of our work, inviting schools onto the farm, learning about where food comes from and everything about farming life.

Amanda Dowson said: "Schools and families come to the farm and #ExploreRealFarming, it's all about seeing what farming life is about, getting in touch with the countryside and the wonderful farm animals that you see in the fields."

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