New GCSE paves the way for a sustainable future
19 May at 11:44AM
We’ve got some great news to share with you about schools all across the UK. No, homework isn’t cancelled. But there is going to be a new GCSE introduced later this year that teaches teenagers all about food sustainability and the impact local and global markets have on our environment. We can’t wait.
The new ‘Food Preparation and Nutrition’ GCSE is set to be introduced into schools this September, with students having the option to study sustainable food futures as part of their curriculum.
Stephanie Wood, founder of the charity School Food Matters told us, “The new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting opportunity to teach young people the essential life skills of cooking and growing food, and about the health and environmental consequences of their food choices.” Stephanie also highlighted how important this new qualification is for our future, saying, “young people are excellent stewards of their natural world and if they understand the effects of their eating habits, they can consider the changes they need to make to support a healthier food system.”
And it’s not just us that are excited about this new qualification. Research has revealed that 61% of 16-24 year olds said they would love to learn more about food waste, and 56% said they wanted to spend more time discovering information about the food they buy.
In an age where food sustainability is becoming one of our biggest environmental concerns, the future looks bright for teens wanting to change their eating habits, and to change the planet.